The All Progressives Congress on Thursday cautioned the opposition Peoples Democratic Party against inciting Nigerians against government through unguarded statements.
National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun said this while reacting to a PDP statement credited to the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh.
Metuh had in his reaction to President Muhammadu Buhari’s maiden Media chat; referred to the President as an “Unrepentant tyrant” and “fascist”.
Odigie-Oyegun said the APC was disturbed by PDP’s unprovoked insults and unguarded statements on President Muhammadu Buhari and other members of the APC.
He noted that In other baseless allegations, the PDP accused ministers and APC members of corruption while further accusing the president of a selective anti-corruption fight.
APC’s National Chairman, was quoted as saying, “The APC is worried by PDP’s inciting statements. Respect for the office of the President or heads of government in any clime is not a matter of choice but a civic obligation sanctioned by laws.
“Being an opposition party or critic is no license to issue abusive, intemperate and slanderous statements on government officials; most especially the President of the country.
“The PDP has proven that it is not a party to be trusted or taken seriously. Only recently, the PDP said in a December 24, 2015 statement: ‘we urge that Nigerians should not recourse to hauling insults on the President’.
“For the umpteenth time, the APC urges Nigerians who see merit in the war that the President Buhari-led administration is waging against corruption, not to be distracted by the PDP and their agents of corruption to discredit the war. For the records, the ongoing war against corruption is not selective. Anybody guilty of corrupt practices will face the law.”
He challenged the the PDP to go to any of the anti-graft agencies If it has any proof of corruption against any APC member or minister as alleged.
“PDP’s rant suggesting a selective anti-corruption fight by the present administration should be seen as a plot meant to distract the citizenry from the successful ongoing war against graft.” APC said.
The APC also stressed that the PDP does not have the luxury of dictating how the present administration carries out its legitimate duty of catching looters, as long as it conforms with the rule of law.