By Umar Muhammad Puma
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has described as irresponsible, shameful and reckless actions of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led by its National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus to forcibly enter the Nigeria Police headquarters under the guise of a ‘protest’.
National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, Senators Dino Melaye and Ben Bruce and other PDP state governors and ranking PDP federal lawmakers, last week staged a protest to the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Nigerian Police, to demand that the commission declare the PDP candidate in Osun State, Ademola Adeleke, as the winner of the recently concluded governorship election in the state.
APC, in a statement issued yesterday by its acting national publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena said, “If the PDP’s confrontation with the Police was an attempt to copy APC leaders’ peaceful protests in Abuja, ahead of the 2015 elections, it was a low-budget imitation and terribly-acted script.
The ruling party described as “shocking” seeing video footage of PDP leaders forcibly breaking police cordon, saying, “It is a new height of PDP’s rascality and penchant for violence.”
“The PDP must restrain itself from its usual retrogressive actions and antics which unnecessarily creates tension in the polity. The PDP’s actions at the Police Headquarters could easily have led to injuries and loss of lives.
“As we enter the period of campaigns and electioneering, we urge political parties, particularly the PDP and its agents to stick to issue-based actions and campaigns. Violent actions, childish theatrics by tree-climbing and commonsense senators, falsehood and propaganda will not cut it for Nigerians.
“The Nigerian electorate are more interested on how to bring the country out of the rubble PDP administrations left us and refocus the country on the path of true progress and development.
The APC reiterated their call for the Senate President and the Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara to immediately vacate their usurped positions and allow for the reconvening of the National Assembly to attend to urgent and pressing national issues which require legislative attention at plenary.