PDP is backing President Jonathan and is insisting violence as APC’s ideology


December 28, 2014 11:35 am

There is a debate of which PDP is backing President  Jonathan over volatile comments. Find the PDP press statement below…

The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has thrown its
weight behind President Goodluck Jonathan on his warning to leaders of
the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) and some former office
holders to desist from sowing seeds of discord among the people with
their incendiary utterances.

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement on
Saturday described Mr. President’s statement as a “perfect act in
nationalism, the mark of true leader who is committed to the interest
and welfare of the nation and her citizens” and urged the opposition to
heed this caution, show decency, patriotism and shun do-or-die quest for
power.

The Party said that the President had shown as always that he is “a
committed national and patriotic leader, a decent politician, a lover of
a united, stable and prosperous Nigeria and a champion of the integrity
of the nation’s electoral process.”

According to the PDP, “it is the height of hypocrisy that the APC, known
for making inflammatory and divisive statements would turn round to
point a finger of guilt at the President.

“It is indeed unfortunate that instead of retracing their steps, as all
well-meaning citizens would have done under the circumstance, the APC,
in their desperation, went ahead to justify their unguarded statements
with renewed personal attack on the President.

“By refusing to heed calls by patriotic Nigerians including the
President to shed their penchant for inciting statements, and for
showing no remorse over the fact that their statements fuel violence and
insurgency, the APC has again confirmed that it is a party of
unpatriotic elements on a mission to destroy our country.

“This has further confirmed that APC is a party of determined and
irredeemable anarchists; a tool in the hands of enemies of our dear
nation whose agenda is to divide the people and break up the nation for
their selfish interests.

“Nigerians can now see the real reason the APC has been attacking, not
only the Presidency but also key institutions of government, including
the National Assembly, the judiciary, INEC as well as the military and
other security forces. For the APC, every institution that represents or
protects the unity of the nation must be attacked, weakened and
ultimately destroyed.”

The PDP said this was the agenda behind the move by the APC to
politicise the military and other security agencies, including the DSS
and the Police.

“Nigerians were shocked and we find it very absurd that the leadership
of the APC justified the unhealthy comments by the Director General of
the Presidential Campaign Organisation of the APC and Rivers State
Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, who came under the cloak of fake populism to
attempt to politicise the military.

“While some people thought that Amaechi was alone in an
attention-seeking stunt, the justification by the APC has clearly shown
that he was pursing his party’s ignoble agenda, which is to drag the
military into the political arena, destroy its unity and professionalism
and ultimately weaken it ahead of their plot to unleash mayhem in the
country by forming a parallel government after they must have lost the
2015 Presidential election,” it said.

Stating that the Jonathan administration has rebuilt and re-equipped the
military to confront the current security challenges, the PDP however
called on Nigerians and all lovers of democracy to be vigilant and close
ranks to ensure that the enemies of the nation do not have their way.

Insisting that the indivisibility of the nation is non-negotiable, the
PDP restated its commitment to the unity and corporate existence of the
nation and urged Nigerians to ensure that they expressed their resolve
to live together as one people by voting en-masse for the PDP in the
2015 general elections.

Signed:
Olisa Metuh

National Publicity Secretary

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