The Nigeria ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has raised alarm over what it called attempts by the main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) to truncate the democracy by constantly abusing President Goodluck Jonathan.
PDP alleged that the leadership of the opposition has carefully laid-out plot to cause confusion and ultimately truncate the nation’s democracy.
In a statement in Abuja today by the National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, PDP said: “in continuously hauling insults against a democratically elected President upon whose shoulders lies the sacred mandate freely given by the Nigerian people, the APC is directly insulting Nigerians and showing their disdain for the institution of democracy.
“They have continued to show themselves as extremely unpatriotic elements blinded by narrow pursuit of power for very ignoble reasons for which they have contracted foreigners to undermine the government of their own nation, using negative paid write-ups and advertorials to dish out lies and vituperations against the Federal Government.”
Metuh said that the constant criticism of actions taken by President Jonathan on the insecurity situation in the country by the opposition political party, is aimed at denigrating the Presidency.
He said that PDP had carefully taken stock of the alleged insults, vituperations, lies and unending schemes by the APC against the office and person of President Jonathan.
“The National Chairman and the National Working Committee of the PDP find it very disturbing that the APC leadership, made up of elderly persons who ordinarily should have a sense of self respect and decorum, could condescend so low and resort to the use of uncouth language against the office and person of the President out of sheer frustration, bitterness and envy.”
Metuh said that having realised that it would never be elected into the Presidency, APC members are now using every means to denigrate and desecrate the presidency, bring it to public ridicule, poison the minds of the people and incite them against the government and set the ground for confusion and mayhem ahead of the 2015 elections.
He added that in constantly criticizing every strategy adopted by the President in the war against terrorism, the APC has not only confirmed its preference for insurgency, but also exposed its underlying design to distract the government and frustrate the overall anti-terrorism efforts.
He called on Nigerians to note that APC has nothing to offer other than to attack well-meaning individuals and institutions of governments and sow the seeds of discord among peace loving people ot the country.
“Theirs is clearly a question of the evil drummer who drums under the cover of the bush only to jump unto the footpath and mount enquiry regarding where the drumbeats came from.
“Let it be known to the APC that power belongs only to God and that those who denigrate and disrespect authority at any level will never be entrusted with it. In constantly insulting the President, the APC has shown that they will remain in opposition as no Nigerian will entrust ill-mannered and disrespectful persons with the leadership of our great country.
“The APC must realize that they have started irritating Nigerians. As a ruling party, we charge them to show maturity and shed their penchant for lies, deceit and unnecessary attacks on well meaning individual, government officials and institutions.”
Metuh said that the ruling party on its part would remain committed to the national interest and the welfare of Nigerians and that it would continue to stand solidly behind the President.