Rivals in spat over Gombe anti-election materialfrom AUGUSTINE OSAYANDE in Abuja, Nigeria
ABUJA, (CAJ News) – NIGERIA’S ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded the investigation of the All Progressives Congress (APC) over the circulation of anti-election leaflets in Gombe State.
The ruling party through a statement on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, queried the opposition party’s reaction to the circulation of such material.
PDP alleged the manner which APC “rushed raining accusations” was “suspect and betrays a subterfuge and a spirited attempt to cover-up, divert attention and distract the security forces from getting to those behind the threats.”
“Ordinarily, many Nigerians saw the statement by the APC as merely political, but looking beyond the veneer of politics undoubtedly is a bigger picture of an opposition party deeply involved but craftily deploying a smokescreen to divert attention through a hurried attempt to politicize a very serious security issue,” PDP stated.
“Whereas it is incontrovertible that Gombe remains a stronghold of the PDP with the soaring popularity of President Goodluck Jonathan and Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo, we urge Nigerians to make their deduction as to which party stands to gain from any anti-election threat in the state.
“Is it the PDP for whom Gombe is a stronghold or the APC, which has been seeking to turn the state into a theater of violence owing to its dwindling popularity.”
The ruling party said the manner with which the APC in its statement described the convoy of the insurgents and their movements from Maiduguri to Gombe “raised an issue.”
“Nigerians are aware of series of attempts by the APC to cause mayhem in Gombe as a means to dislodge the PDP in the state. The December 18th 2014 ambush and attack on the convoy of Governor Dankwambo by APC thugs is still fresh in the mind.
“We therefore demand a thorough investigation into the matter as it might assist in unraveling other knotty issues regarding the security challenges in the country.”
The party urged Nigerians to be wary of the APC, stating that its alleged fabrications might not only be for propaganda but also for “more sinister agenda.”
It restated its readiness for the March 28 and April 11, 2015 general elections.
“With its record of performance and support of Nigerians across board, PDP will receive a sweeping victory not only in Gombe but also in all the states of the federation.”
– CAJ News
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