- Alleges APC plot to destabilize nation’s democracy
By Lawrence Olaoye
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday cautioned state lawmakers across the country to diligently follow the tenets of due process in carrying out their legislative functions, including in parchments of their state executives.
Addressing a world press conference in Abuja yesterday, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh, also alleged that the leadership of the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) have perfected plans to truncate the nation’s democracy by attacking institutions of government.
Metuh said “The PDP has cautioned legislators nationwide to take precaution and be guided by the principles of due process in discharging their legislative duties,”
Reacting to the criticism of the PDP led administration by the former Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari, the party stated “The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has observed a series of pronouncements and threats from leading opposition politicians on the state of the nation.
That these leaders have taken turns, in quick succession, in this vicious condemnation of the leadership of the country is not a mere coincidence. Nigerians suspect, and we stand to be corrected that these pronouncements are not in vain but part of the larger plot to build a groundswell of negativity with the ultimate aim of truncating our hard earned democracy.
We are therefore not puzzled that the common denominator of these orchestrated statements are weighty but baseless accusations against the Federal Government and the ruling party on the health of our democracy and the unity of the country.
However, a catalogue of events involving these politicians and their political party indicate that they are the real causative agents of the issues they accuse the Federal Government and the PDP of.”
The party alleged that the APC praised the system a while ago when it got registered by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) only to recant when it is currently suffering reversal of political fortune.
While maintaining that the actions and inaction of the opposition poses a threat to the nation’s democracy and embolden insurgencies in the country, the PDP spokesman accused the opposition leaders of heating up the polity and weaken the foundation of the country all in desperation for power.
He said “Sustained vitriolic attacks and campaign of calumny against the legislature, the very citadel of the democracy and the will of the people at the national and state levels is at the top of this APC destabilization programme. On many occasions, the APC has labeled federal legislatures as corrupt accusing them of receiving millions of dollars to do PDP’s bidding. They have also cast aspersions on the state legislature, calling them “pliant assemblies”, with the sole aim of projecting them as compromised and unreliable.
Nigerians have also witnessed the onslaughts and spirited attempts to destroy the judiciary by the APC. When they secured a favourable judgment that gave them three states, there was nothing wrong. They hailed the judiciary. However, once a ruling goes against the APC, they turn the heat on them.
In the same vein, Nigerians are witness to the constant attacks by the APC on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which it has continued to project as partisan, compromised and incapable of delivering a free and fair election. However, the same APC described the INEC in superlatives when they won the Edo state governorship elections.
The security agencies especially the military are not left out in this APC’s agenda of destruction. The aim again is to project them as weak, compromised and incapable of giving protection to Nigerians, all in their determination to undermine the PDP-led federal government.”
The PDP accused the opposition governors of foisting anti democratic agenda on the people in their states when he stated “For instance, what can pose a greater threat to democracy than the whimsical actions of APC governors in their states, where respect for institutions of democracy have been thrown overboard; where disdain for the rule of law has became the order of the day and the rights of the people trampled under feet.
Before all of us, democratically elected local government councils in Imo state were sacked by the APC led government of Rochas Okorocha to the disdain and chagrin of the citizens. The same scenario played out in Rivers state where Governor Rotimi Amaechi sacked the elected chairman of Obio/Akpo Local Council and in Edo where Governor Adams Oshiomhole also dissolved elected local councils in the state before the expiration of their tenure.
In Edo, Nasarawa and Lagos states, our great party won seats in the local government elections only for the APC-led state governments to upturn the results in their favour. Nigerians can only imagine what will be the order of the day if the APC is in control of the center.”
The party also denied any involvement in the impeachment of the Adamawa state governor, Murtala Nyako and the ongoing attempt to oust his Nasarawa state counterpart, Tanko Al- makura.