The leading opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the ruling party of being complicit in the unabated arson on the offices of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) across different parts of the country. The party alleged that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) were behind the burning of 21 electoral offices because of its apparent fear of loosing subsequent elections in the country due to its whanning popularity.
However the APC is yet to react to this weighty allegation.
The PDP further claimed that the PDP governors had to convene a meeting in Ibadan last week to among other things, find lasting solution to the lurking danger of growing insecurity and burning of INEC offices.
This was made known by the National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan during a Press Conference on Tuesday at the party’s Secretariat,
Ologbondiyan alleged that as a proof of it’s complicity in the INEC offices burning, the ruling party is yet to utter any word to condemn the act and order security agents to fish out the pepetrators.
He said, “We are worried as a party, the wining party at that. Whereas, no fewer than 20 has been affected, the government and the All Progressives Congress should be held responsible”.
The party described as a mark of desperation, the attempt by the ruling party to attack it’s governors over it’s position on banning open grazing, restructuring, establishment of State Police and review of revenue formula which was to curb the intractable security challenges across the country.
The party said, “It is instructive to state that the PDP governors, as patriots, directly spoke the mind of majority of Nigerians across board, in proffering urgent measures that would end acts of terrorism and wanton killings in our country as well as guarantee the national unity and economic wellbeing of Nigerians.
“It is on record that these noble ideals of good governance have been wrecked by the APC administration in the last six years.
“By criticizing the PDP governors meeting and communique, the APC, as a party, has further showcased its internal failures in steering the ship of state on the right course thereby pushing our country towards a state of anarchy”.
The opposition party said that the APC by it’s acttacks has also confirmed the suggestion that it has lost touch with reality and as such is no longer in sync with the fears, anxieties and aspirations of Nigerians.
“It is only a fizzling political association like the APC, that would attempt to politicize and deride a clear consensus by Nigerians as expressed in the coming together of state governors, who are seeking for the restoration of sovereignty in a near hopeless situation.
“Nigerians are aware that the APC is always standing against genuine efforts to save the lives of our citizenry and securing our nation against terrorists, vandals and bandits.
“This latest act by the APC has finally exposed its connection with the prevailing insecurity ravaging our country under their watch”.
PDP called on the ruling party to realize that Nigerians have already moved beyond its partisan and divisive machinations and that prominent citizens of the nation including many governors and other leaders elected on the platform of it’s party are supporting it’s efforts to rescue and secure the nation.
PDP said it is only an irresponsible leader that will sit back and watch his citizens being daily massacred, kidnapped and maimed by terrorists and bandits and do nothing just because of a partisan affiliation with a failed and rejected ruling party.
“It is only an insensitive state governor that will cross his fingers and do nothing while his people are being ravaged by hunger and starvation just because he wants to be in the good books of a failed ruling party.
“In the same vein, it is only an unpatriotic governor that will continue to watch his nation disintegrate and fail to join patriotic citizens in seeking solutions just because he wants to be seen as being loyal to a failed ruling party.
“It is clear to every Nigerians that our nation cannot survive if left in the hands of the incompetent, divisive, vindictive, violent prone and anti-people APC, which by all indication only seeks to destroy our citizenry and the nation”.
The PDP stated that no group, no matter their machination, can gag Nigerians, let alone governors elected on the platform of the PDP, in seeking solutions to the challenges facing the nation.
The party further condemned the latest request of N2.34 trillion loan request by President Muhammadu Buhari which was read on the floor of the National Assembly by the President of the Senate, Ahmed Lawan.
Before the presentation of this loan request, the nation’s total debt profile stood at N33 trillion.