CPC says the ruling party has violent and ethnic antecedents.
The Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, has listed out what it calls seven facts that attests to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP’s “violent and ethnic” antecedents.
The opposition party was responding to an exclusive interview granted to PREMIUM TIMES by Olisa Metuh, the PDP spokesperson, in which he described the CPC as a party that believes in violence.
In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Rotimi Fashakin, Monday, the CPC said it has “come to understand the PDP, as a Party, being peopled by egregiously violent ones, which earned it the sobriquet: ‘nest of killers’.”
Violent and religious antecedents of the PDP
Mr. Fashakin said PDP’s image maker has a “penchant for conjectures, insinuations and unsupportable assertions.” He said his party would prefer to confront “this latest impudence by the PDP image launderer with verifiable facts.”
According to Mr. Fashakin, On 29th November, 1999, a PDP-led Federal Government- less than one year in office- ordered the violent invasion of ODI, a predominantly Ijaw community in Bayelsa State, despite the fact that the community was not in any secessionist plot against Nigeria.
Mr. Fashakin said after the dust of the invasion cleared, the Human rights Watch concluded that “the soldiers must certainly have killed tens of unarmed civilians and that figures of several hundred dead are entirely plausible.”
He also said the same PDP-led administration, under the leadership of former president Obasanjo, between October 22 and 24, 2001, ensured that some communities in Benue state were violently and crudely invaded, which led to the deaths of no fewer than 300 people. “Though the Federal Government agreed to a N41 Billion compensation for this act of unmitigated violence, we believe that the indiscretion that led to this extra-judicial killings could have been avoided,” Mr. Fashakin said.
The CPC spokesperson said in the eight-year rule of the same regime (1999-2007), the Nigerian polity virtually became a Sanguinary with the unresolved wicked assassinations that characterized everyday living. More bewildering was the fact that a serving Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Ajibola Ige, was murdered in his home – in the full glare of his security details- with the origin of the murderous violence yet to be unraveled.
Mr. Fashakin said in October 2009, a chieftain of PDP, Bode George, was convicted by a court of competent jurisdiction for 63-count charge bordering on “financial violence on the Nigerian state” and sentenced to two-year jail term. The party said that after his prison sentence, “the PDP Apparatchiks, in a bizarre show of ethical violence on the Nigerian people, rolled out the drums and trumpets to welcome him back home. It is on record that, rather than putting this man through a structured party discipline for his misdemeanor, the PDP has continued to throw him up as its champion in obscenity and indecency.”
Also Mr. Fashakin alleged that “on 19th February, 2011, Olisa Metuh, as National Vice-Chairman (South-East) of the PDP, invaded British Nigerian Academy, Prince and Princess Estate, Abuja (the former school of his son, Derrick) and assaulted the Vice Principal, Mr Kola Pele, a 67-year old man, for seizing a phone that Derrick had, against school rules, given to other students to use. A Gestapo-style invasion of the school by Mr. Metuh, Mr. Fashakin said, saw him holding Mr Pele by the throat for the effrontery in
seizing his son’s phone.”
“The PDP, being a shelter for violently unstable minds, went on to appoint Metuh as its National Publicity Secretary,” the opposition spokesman said.
Mr. Fashakin said aside the violent crater the PDP dug to the nation’s resources in prosecuting its 2011 presidential electioneering campaigns, there were also tales of tears and blood.
“From Kaduna to Port-Harcourt, where gates were shut against people’s will and 25 People were killed, the campaigns were trailed with violent tales all over,” the party said.
Mr. Fashakin added that in the history of the Nigerian nation, the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN, had always maintained its apolitical status, but in the run up to the 2011 Presidential election, Ayodele Joseph Oritsejafor, the President of CAN, presented to the Nigerian Christians the PDP candidate, Goodluck Jonathan, as the ‘anointed of the LORD’ in a manner that offended the non-partisanship of the religious body.
The subsequent call for the arrest of the CPC candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, by Mr. Oritsejafor for unsubstantiated allegations of sponsoring the post-election violence in the North, said Mr. Fashakin, further lends credence to the fact that through the instrumentality of PDP’s coercive politics, CAN under Mr. Oritsejafor is the religious arm of the PDP.
“Would that explain why Mr. President attended a ceremony on Saturday, 10thNovember, 2012 where Pastor Oritsejafor was present(ed) with a private jet?” Mr. Fashakin asked.
Buhari believes in Rule of Law
Mr. Fashakin said the CPC leader, Mr. Buhari, believes in the rule of law, adding that this was reflected in his decision to vent his aversion in the law courts when he “was rigged out of national elections three times and in these times, he ventilated his aversion to the anomalies in the Law Courts”.
“The PDP leadership, having mismanaged Nigerians’ expectations for good governance in the last 13 years, now feels comfortable throwing tantrums in very despicable manner.
“We are very certain that the Nigerian people, being the best judges, are capable of seeing through all the carefully woven obfuscation,” he said.