By Henry Umoru
ABUJA- NATIONAL leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has urged the opposition political party, the All Progressives Congress, APC to stop resorting to blackmail and unfounded allegations will not help them, just as it described the APC as a dying breed.
In a statement by PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh said, “they must understand that in a democracy, the will of the people and the rule of law are paramount. Nobody is above the law or above the will of the people. Also they must note that the law does not exonerate an erring official simply because he is in the opposition.
“Our attention has been drawn to yet another inflammatory address by the National Chairman of the APC, John Odigie-Oyegun wherein he resorted to wild and unfounded allegations to cause confusion and incite the people against the President, the PDP and institutions of government.
“While we do not wish to join issues with a party that has become notorious for falsehood, deceit and blackmail, we wish to alert Nigerians that this is part of the orchestrated plot by the APC to discredit and blackmail institutions of government, particularly the legislature, the citadel of democracy and stronghold of the will of the people and ultimately set the stage to destabilize the polity.
“We note that this onslaught against the legislature is not spontaneous. Nigerians may indeed recall the vicious attack on the National Assembly early this year wherein the APC also raised a false alarm that federal lawmakers were being induced with millions of dollars to defect to the PDP.
“We invite Nigerians to note the anti-democratic and anti-Nigeria actions of the APC. Indeed, never in the history of this country has an opposition constituted itself into a rebellion against our dear nation and its corporate existence.
Never in the history of this country has the opposition sought spiritedly to cause confusion to destabilize our nation using wild allegations and lies; never has an opposition resorted to supporting insurgency and instigating violence through their utterances for political capital; never has an opposition taken it upon itself to continue to insult and attack the person and office of the President and government institutions for parochial interests.
“We in the PDP believe in Democracy and the principle of separation of powers as enshrined in our constitution. As such, we have never and will not for any reason whatsoever interfere in the activities of the legislature at any level. “