…Insists Jonathan, PDP’ve no hand in gov’s woes
By Henry Umoru
ABUJA — NATIONAL Leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP yesterday asked the embattled governor of Nasarawa State, Tanko Al-Makura and the All Progressives Congress, APC to leave the Presidency and PDP out of the present political crisis he was facing with members of the State House of Assembly.
According to PDP, the impeachment move against Governor Al-Makura remains a local issue in the state and that the provisions of the laws and constitution of the nation were very clear on such processes.
In a statement, yesterday, by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, the party said the governor and APC should contend with what he termed, their self-inflicted woes, adding that the governor should look inwards and find answers to his challenges as the chief executive of his state.
Urging Al-Makura and the APC to stop promoting trite excuses of external influences, sponsoring of protests, threatening and unleashing thugs against the state legislators as these will not solve the problem, the PDP reistated that it has no hands in the political development in the state.
Metuh said: “Nigerians may recall that at the wake of the impeachment move in Narasawa State, we came out clearly to restate our non-involvement in the saga and went ahead to charge our lawmakers across the country to ensure that their actions are strictly guided by the provisions of the law.
“We have also severally challenged the governor and the APC to provide evidence of the alleged involvement of the Presidency or the PDP in the crisis.
“However, we are shocked that instead of focusing on finding answers for his problems which must be connected with the bad governance that has characterised APC-led administrations in the country, the Nasarawa State governor has declared war on the lawmakers, while unleashing APC thugs to attack them and stop them from carrying out their constitutional duties.
“We are taken aback by the series of unfounded allegations, insults, blackmails and threats sponsored against the Presidency and the PDP, all in the bid to subvert constitutional provisions, undermine democratic institutions and ultimately establish a reign of impunity in the state as obtainable in other APC states.
“Our advice to the APC and Nasarawa State governor is that in as much as neither the PDP nor the Presidency is involved in the impeachment saga, resorting to baseless allegations, cheap blackmails, threats and violence against the state legislature, the PDP and the Presidency will not help them.
“We restate our position that in a democracy, the rule of law and the will of the people expressed through the provisions of the law remain paramount and must be adhered to at all times.
“Governor Al-Makura and the APC must understand that the issue at stake is not a matter of political sentiments and threats, neither is it a matter of sponsoring protests and media propaganda, but that of democracy, accountability and the provisions of the laws and the constitution.”
Charging the governor and the APC to humble themselves and look inwards for answers, the PDP warned: “Otherwise they will end up like a man contesting ward nomination but spent his time advertising on BBC without directly engaging the ward delegates. How can such a man ever win the nomination?”