BY OKECHUKWU PEACE
The All Progressives Congress, APC has lashed out on the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP over what it calls the unguarded statement and abuses heaped on the party’s leadership and the President of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari.
In a strongly worded statement from the National Chairman of the party, John Oyegun, the APC warned the PDP to stop calling the President names and learn how to be an opposition political party.
He said that the party would not tolerate situations where the PDP makes abusive statements capable of causing disrespect for the Office of the President.
He said, “The APC is worried by PDP’s inciting statements. Respect for the office of the president or heads of government in any clime is not a matter of choice but a civic obligation sanctioned by laws. Being an opposition party or critic is no license to issue abusive, intemperate and slanderous statements on government officials; most especially the president of the country.”
“Let me remind you that the office of the president is sacred and should not be denigrated by any political party, group or any society,” he added.
Following the presidential media chat, the PDP had criticized the President’s anti-corruption campaign and accused him of lying to the people of Nigeria by promoting double standards and refusing to obey the rule of law.
“For the umpteenth time, the APC urges Nigerians who see merit in the war that the President Buhari-led administration is waging against corruption, not to be distracted by the PDP and their agents of corruption to discredit the war. For the records, the ongoing war against corruption is not selective. Anybody guilty of corrupt practices will face the law.
“If the PDP has any proof of corruption against any APC member or minister as alleged, we advise that they approach any of the anti-graft agencies constitutionally mandated to handle such cases.
“PDP’s rant suggesting a selective anti-corruption fight by the present administration should be seen as a plot meant to distract the citizenry from the successful ongoing war against graft.
“The PDP does not have the luxury of dictating how the present administration carries out its legitimate duty of catching looters, as long as it conforms with the rule of law,” Oyegun said.
He said the PDP after careful deliberations on what the President said during the media chat, came to the conclusion that the President remained an unrepentant tyrant.
Rather than listen to the PDP and analyse what it said, Metuh said it was unfortunate that the leaders of the APC were not comfortable with it (the PDP).
He said, “We did and came up with the theme of our initial reaction that portrayed him very appropriately as a tyrant. And for purpose of clarity, a tyrant is a ruler who has complete power over a country and who uses the power in a cruel and unfair way, which was why we recommended the suspension of the operation of the constitution so he can rule for the next four years as a maximum ruler.
“In its reaction, his party’s National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun magisterially and dictatorially warned that ‘we (APC) may not condone such anymore.’
“Our position in the PDP is that we are in trouble as a nation. All we hear from the APC regarding our freedom is ‘we won’t tolerate’, ‘we won’t condone.’ Are these words used by democrats or tyrants?”
On Friday, the APC National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, had condemned the PDP for referring to Buhari as an “unrepentant tyrant.”