By Henry Umoru
ABUJA- NATIONAL leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP yesterday took a swipe at governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa State, describing his letter to the governors of the 19 Northern states as shocking especially as it comes from an elected person, just as it warnd the governor against what he described as his unguarded utterances and emulate other governors and leaders of All Progressives Congress, APC leaders who have started guarding their negative comments.
The PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh also warned politicians and stakeholders against comments that were capable of instigating violence and insurgency and urged President Goodluck Jonathan and the 36 states of the federation to come up with a resolution of curtailing what it described as ugly trend.
Metuh said, “The PDP also condemned Adamawa State Governor Murtala Nyako’s tendencious letter to the governors of the 19 Northern states saying it is shocking that such came from an elected person. It said Governor Nyako should learn from other APC leaders who have started guarding their utterances.
“Governor Nyako must desist from such and learn from other APC leaders who are now comporting themselves better as a response to PDP statements which succeeded in exposing the link between their unguarded utterances and escalation of violence and insurgency in our nation.
“The PDP also charged all political figures across board to guide against making violence-instigating statements even as it implored President Goodluck Jonathan and the 36 state governors to come up with a strong resolution to stop the trend.
“The party also called on all Nigerians, especially respectable politicians to continue to unite against terrorism and all forms of tendencies that promote violence and divide rather than unite the nation.”
The PDP also boasted that with its non stop releases exposing the APC and alleging its involvement in the insurgency and current security challenges in the country, it has succeeded in sobering the leadership of APC and some of its members.
According to PDP, it will continue to caution the leadership of APC against making utterances that promote or instigate violence and insurgency in the country, adding, “As a responsible party, the PDP has made its point on the utterances, comments and statements by politicians which tend to influence and/or instigate people to violence and we believe that our statements have made APC and some of their leaders more responsive to their collective duty of verbal restraint.
“However, we still decry attempts by the APC to seek cheap publicity by making classless, childish, immature and ineffective statements on terrorism matters. Sometimes they even speak as if they control their actions.
“The party also called on all Nigerians, especially respectable politicians to continue to unite against terrorism and all forms of tendencies that promote violence and divide rather than unite the nation.
“Our resolve is to join hands with responsible, respectable and patriotic Nigerians to highlight and promote our desire to live together in a strong, peaceful and united Nigeria. Our enemies are at the gate, but together we will keep them out as we continually watch our comments and utterances.”