By Olasunkanmi Akoni
The Action Congress (AC) has dared the Federal Government to heed the advice of the Peopleâ€™s Democratic Party (PDP) and seal off the 37 development areas in Lagos State, warning that Nigerians will definitely resist such dictatorial move.
AC National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made this remark yesterday while reacting to a statement credited to PDPâ€™s National Legal Adviser, Olusola Oke, that â€œpart of the steps Mr. President can take is to cause the illegal local governments to be sealed off,â€ saying such advice exposes the PDP as a truly fascist party.
According to AC, â€œHow can such a piece of advice come from a ruling party in a democratic dispensation? If the PDPâ€™s Legal Adviser was truly a lawyer, he would have advised the President to seek redress in court, rather than encouraging him to engage in self-help.
â€œWe are not surprised, however, at the quality of advice coming from the ranks of the PDP. After all, the party has vowed to rule Nigeria by hook or crook, for 60 years. To do that, it must resort to undemocratic means,â€ AC said.
The party blamed President Yarâ€™Adua for failing to show leadership and for setting the stage for such anarchic proposition by the PDP, saying with the tone of his letter to Governor Fashola, the President opened the door for non-democratic actions by his party members on the issue.
â€œBy resorting to issuing threats to another tier of government in a federalist system, President Yarâ€™Adua is slowly but steadily showing his fangs and the dictatorship in him, not to talk of a gross misunderstanding of what federalism entails.
â€œBut the truth is that Nigerians, having sacrificed so much to attain this democracy, imperfect as it is, will not sit idly by and allow anyone to attempt to bring it down through careless actions. Therefore, even if the PDP and the Federal Government summon all the forces of coercion at their disposal, the will of the people will prevail,â€ AC said.
The party repeated its earlier warning to the Federal Government not to attempt to slow down the momentum of development in Lagos State through a resort to petty partisanship, saying the only indication of democracy, good governance and transparency in Nigeria that is being showcased by the international community today is what is happening in Lagos State.
â€œIf the Yarâ€™Adua administration has no clue to the myriad of problems facing Nigeria , it should be humble enough to seek assistance from those who have, instead of trying to truncate their own commendable efforts,â€ AC said.