By Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA – The ruling All Progressives Congress APC has lashed out at the Peoples Democratic Party PDP and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar accusing them of dancing on the graves of soldiers killed last week by Boko Haram Terrorists in Metele, Borno state.
On Monday, the PDP had called on the National Assembly to probe circumstances surrounding the attack, accusing the APC of diverting defence funds to politicking.
The APC did not immediately react to the allegations on Monday in spite of several media enquiries. However, in a statement Tuesday morning, the ruling party said “the allegations by the Peoples Democratic Party PDP that military funds have been diverted to finance the 2019 election campaigns of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is a sad reminder of the evil and retrogressive practices the PDP was notorious for during its defunct rule”.
In the statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, the APC added; “God forbid that the APC inherits and apply such morbid practice as brazenly displayed during the immediate-past PDP administration where funds allocated to fight the Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast were shared among PDP leaders and their cronies.
“It is clear that the PDP and its Presidential candidate, Alh. Atiku Abubakar have decided to dance on the graves of our valiant and patriotic soldiers by politicising their deaths in the recent Boko Haram attack on the Nigerian Army Metele base.
“The PDP and Atiku are playing desperate politics where even the blood of our fallen heroes is fair game. Their actions are callous and insensitive to the families and dependants of the late soldiers and indeed our military which battles daily to ensure our territorial integrity.
“Nigerians see through PDP’s ploy to score political points as elections approach and it will surely backfire.
“While the APC mourns the death of our military and other security personnel who have lost their lives in the line of duty, we urge them to remain focussed on the brave task of securing the nation. The President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration remains solidly committed to bringing lasting peace and security to all parts of the country and ensuring that previously displaced persons are rehabilitated to resume their normal and productive lives”.