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Published On: Wed, Jan 28th, 2015

PDP’s legacy of Boko Haram terror and hooliganism

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pdp logoBy Bunmi Awoyemi

The PDP is instigating violence against itself and blaming it on the APC. The snipers former President Olusegun Obasanjo warned us all about in his open letter to President Goodluck Jonathan have started unleashing mayhem across Nigeria. It has been alleged that General Azazi paid the supreme price for saying the truth. It has also been alleged in some quarters that the Boko Haram sponsors in the PDP bombed the chopper he was flying in when he was on his way to a social event in Bayelsa State. General Azazi was a Bayelsa native and an appointee of President Jonathan. He was sacked a few weeks after he made those comments.

This reminder is important because the PDP has been trying very hard to falsely link General Muhammadu Buhari to MEND, Boko Haram and political violence. The APC office in Okrika, Rivers state was bombed on Sunday, January 11, 2015 in a fashion consistent with the modus operandi of Boko Haram. The PM news reported that another secretariat belonging to the All Progressives Party [APC] was on Friday, January 16, 2015 bombed in Rivers just five days after the party’s office in Okrika Local Government Area of the state was attacked with dynamites. The fresh bomb attack on the secretariat at Ngo community in Andoni Local Government Area of the state occurred at about 3 am. Friday, triggering explosions in the vicinity, sparking panic among residents and destroying the building.

Boko Haram insurgency has led to the loss of 5% of Nigeria’s territory to the terrorists including 70% of the territory of Adamawa, Yobe and Borno States. It has led to the displacement of almost 2 million residents of these states and the loss of over 25,000 lives including poorly equipped army officers who were sent by President Jonathan to fight a war without the necessary military ammunitions and weapons. Over 5,000 girls, boys as well as married women have been kidnapped by the Boko Haram insurgents and have been turned into suicide bombers, sex slaves and insurgents. Boko Haram is one of the legacies that the PDP has bequeathed to Nigeria after being in power for 16 years.

Earlier this month, Ekiti state governor, Ayo Fayose sponsored a death-wish-advert in the front pages of 5 major Nigerian newspapers on General Muhammadu Buhari, the presidential candidate of the APC. He also cast aspersions on former Nigerian presidents/heads of state from the Northwest geopolitical zone who have died in office. The advert was widely condemned by Nigerians. This senseless action of Fayose also drew global condemnation and political backlash across the country.

These front page death-wish adverts were placed after the DG of the Jonathan Sambo campaign, Ahmadu Ali approved the adverts. When the Jonathan/Sambo campaign saw that the advert had backfired and generated millions of potential sympathy votes for Buhari they issued a press release distancing the campaign from the advert.

Premium Times, an online newspaper in a news report on November 9, 2014 reported that a video depicting the Katsina Governor, Ibrahim Shema, prodding his party members to physically assault and possibly “kill” opposition politicians in the state, has gone viral on the internet. The amateur video was first posted on the internet on November 12. It shows the governor, dressed in white agbada and brown sandals, standing on a red carpet, and addressing a crowd in what seemed like a political rally. He spoke in Hausa.Mr. Shema likened opposition politicians to “cockroaches” before asking the crowd what to do if they found the nocturnal insect in their apartments. The crowd chorused “Kill them!” “Crush them!” the governor responded, agreeing with the crowd. Premium Times noted that similar calls have triggered violence in other countries including the East African country, Rwanda, where the majority Hutus’ description of the minority Tutsis as “cockroaches”, helped fire a 100-day murderous campaign that saw over 800,000 Tutsis killed.

At the Jonathan/Sambo for President PDP Campaign rally on the 21st of January in Jigawa State, PDP Stalwart and governor of Jigawa State in the presence of President Jonathan said in hausa :”Kowa ya taba ku ku ta ba shi” – Anybody that attacks you attack him back. This is a call to anarchy from a PDP chieftain and it reflects the same violent sentiments expressed by Shema of Katsina state. The same Lamido had said some days ago that General Muhammadu Buhari is “an incorruptible and honest leader.” One wonders why some days after endorsing General Buhari’s leadership qualities he will be inciting his supporters to violence against the supporters of the incorruptible People’s General.

The current PDP Chairman, Adamu Muazu as Governor of Bauchi state adopted sharia law as part of the law of Bauchi state and signed it into law in 2001. Buhari as former military Head of State with immense power did not adopt Sharia law as national law, he also refused to register Nigeria as a member of the Organization of Islamic Conference (OIC). It was IBB that later registered Nigeria as a member of the OIC after his successful palace coup against Buhari.

The PDP and GEJ propaganda machine have been spreading fabrications that Buhari is a religious extremist for many years. All those fabrications have been debunked by me and other public affairs analysts in the last 6 weeks. The PDP is the party of the extremists. The PDP has Modu Sheriff, allegedly one of the key PDP founders of Boko Haram, as its leader in the North-east. The PDP has Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau as its leader in the North-west.

Nigerians should bear in mind that any call for the postponement of the election is sponsored by the PDP to enable them perfect their strategy of unleashing violence as we have seen from the PDP’s recent sponsorship of violence against its own Presidential campaign in Katsina and Bauchi states. These are states with PDP incumbent governors yet none of the perpetrators of the violence have been arrested and prosecuted. Unfortunately, the PDP has sponsored news reports claiming that the APC was responsible for the violence.

In order to instigate an orgy of retaliatory violence to use as an excuse for postponing the Presidential election, the PDP sponsored an attack against the Secretariat of the APC governorship candidate in Bauchi State in the evening of January 23rd, 2015. Nigerians should not be surprised when they see an escalation in violence against both PDP and APC assets sponsored by the PDP as the election draws closer. When Nigerians see these occurrences, they should hold the PDP responsible.

Latest news reports indicate that the PDP’s campaign team, having realized that the momentum has shifted in Buhari’s favour, has advised President Jonathan to push for a shift of the election to July 2015 by which time the incorruptible INEC Chairman’s tenure would have lapsed. Then Jonathan would appoint a PDP puppet as the INEC Chairman to help the PDP implement its massive rigging strategy.

Based on the foregoing, it is safe to conclude that the PDP is a terrorist party that promotes terrorism, brigandage and genocide. Nigerian voters should remember these facts as they cast their vote in the Presidential election of February, 14, 2015.

Dr. Bunmi Awoyemi is a lawyer and entrepreneur based in New Orleans, Louisiana, USA.

 

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