Nigeria opposition accused of incitement against government

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from AUGUSTINE OSAYANDE in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA – NIGERIA’S ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressive Congress (APC) of inciting the people against the President, the PDP and institutions of government.

A statement Olisa Metuh, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, released said the opposition was doing so through some baseless accusations

“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,” PDP stated.

“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,” he said.

The statement Metuh issued added that the party noted that this onslaught against the legislature was 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.”

He said the party invited Nigerians to note the “anti-democratic” and “anti-Nigeria” actions of the APC, whose members could not be reached for comment.

“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.”

Metuh said PDP believed in democracy and the principle of separation of powers as enshrined in our constitution and as such, would never interfere in the activities of the legislature at any level.

“Our advice to the APC is that resorting to blackmail and unfounded allegations will not help them. 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.”

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