By Henry Umoru
ABUJA- NATIONAL leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has again taken a swipe at the All Progressives Congress, APC, saying it must respect the office of the President and stop denigrating or insulting the office especially President Goodluck Jonathan.
In a statement by PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, the APC was out to cause confusion and ultimately truncate the nation’s democracy, just as he warned that the opposition should know that power belongs to God.
Metuh 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. This further confirms the APC’s Janjaweed ideology against the nation.
“The National Chairman and the National Working Committee of the PDP find its very disturbing that the APC leadership made up of elderly persons who ordinary 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.
“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.
“Having realized that they shall never be elected into the Presidency, these ill-bred and uncultured elements 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.
“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 underlining design to distract the government and frustrate the over-all anti-terrorism efforts.
“We therefore invite Nigerians to note that the APC remains a party which has nothing to offer than to attack well-meaning individuals and institutions of governments and sowing seeds of discord among peace loving people in our country. Theirs is clearly a question of the evil drummer who drums under the cover of the bush only to 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.
“On our own part, we remain committed to the national interest and the welfare of all our people. We stand solidly behind President Goodluck Jonathan as he vigorously pursues his Transformation Agenda as well as his untiring effort in the fight against terrorism in the country. We also commend Nigerians for uniting against insurgency despite efforts by the APC to misdirect their energies for political reasons.”