PDP express concern over Buhari’s Indifference To Burning National Issues

April 8, 2015 4:05 pm

Press statement from the . Read below..

The
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed deep concerns over the apparent
indifference of the President-elect, to burning
national issues threatening the unity and stability of the country.
PDP
National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh in a statement on Wednesday said
“while well-meaning Nigerians and the international community are celebrating
the peace fostered by the patriotic action of President Goodluck Jonathan in
conceding defeat, General Buhari and his party, the APC have been moving around
the country instigating division, engineering crisis and heightening tension in
the polity”.

“Whereas
General Buhari had assured Nigerians that he would be the President of the
entire nation and not of a political party, his actions in the last one week
show otherwise as he has continued to display sectionalism and insensitivity to
matters inimical to the survival of our democracy and wellbeing of Nigerians.
“Instead
of settling down to plan a smooth transition and design ways of deepening
democracy in appreciation of the mandate given to him, General Buhari has
tacitly encouraged his men to foment crisis and cause panic in the bid to
muzzle personal freedom and impose a reign of terror in the land.
“For
instance, Gen. Buhari has remained indifferent to the crisis in Ekiti where
outgoing APC lawmakers who are supposed to be campaigning for the renewal of
their mandates on Saturday have been mobilized to Oshogbo in Osun state by the
APC to perfect an ignoble plot to remove a democratically elected government in
the state.
“APC’s
ambition in Ekiti coupled with its odious triumphalism in the aftermath of the
Presidential election have led to avoidable confrontations and near breakdown
of law and order in the state as the people rise to defend the mandate freely
given to the PDP.
“In
continuation of this display of arrogance in victory, Buhari’s men in Lagos
have dragged the revered traditional institution into the political fray with
the Oba of Lagos, Oba Rilwanu Akiolu threatening death to supporters of the
PDP, an action that has brought outrage from Nigerians with General Buhari
playing the ostrich.
“It is
indeed unfortunate that while his men are causing crisis and threating
Nigerians, General Buhari, instead of calling them to order displays his
insensitivity by jetting around the country campaigning for his party.
“If this
sort of insensitivity and arrogance of victory are foretaste of what to expect
in a Buhari presidency, then our dear nation and its people are headed for a
long trek in the wilderness”, the statement said.
Meanwhile,
the PDP in reaction to reports of defection from its fold described the
defectors as political Trojans, who from within have ceaselessly worked against
the interest of the party and now fear that they would face sanctions for their
actions.
Stating
that it would not miss such fair weather members, the party commended the
courage and steadfastness of all its supporters and members who have remained
committed to the course and urged them to go a step further by emulating Senate
President David Mark and Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu in speaking out
publicity in favour of the PDP, its ideals and visions of the founding fathers.
The PDP
said adequate machinery is already in motion to reorganize and to reposition
itself to regain power in the next four years since it is obvious that the APC
lacks what it takes to effectively lead the nation.
It
therefore called on Nigerians to use the Saturday’s election to demonstrate
their commitment to democracy by voting enmasse for the PDP bearing in mind
that a vote the party is a vote for the unity and stability of the country.
Signed:
Olisa
Metuh

National
Publicity Secretary

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