The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday described threats and allegations by the Presidency as derisory, self-indicting, diversionary and that it further showed the confusion that pervaded the Buhari Presidency in the face of discontentment by Nigerians.
The party in a press statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, asked the Buhari Presidency to face its self-inflicted ordeal and address the concern of Nigerians over its poor handling of security issues instead of seeking to blame the opposition and the media.
“The PDP describes threats and allegations by the Buhari Presidency, that the opposition is sponsoring a protest against the heads of military institutions, as derisory, self-indicting, diversionary and further shows the confusion that pervades the Buhari Presidency in the face of discontentment by Nigerians,” Ologbondiyan said.
The main opposition party in the country also alerted Nigerians to the plot by the Buhari Presidency to divert attention by blackmailing the media and opposition because it can no longer face Nigerians over its manifest failure to deal with those behind acts of insurgency, terrorism, banditry, kidnapping and escalated violence under its watch.
“It is clear to all, including even the Buhari Presidency, that Nigerians across board, have been in protest against the Buhari-led APC administration and need nobody to mobilize them to publicly exercise their constitutionally-guaranteed rights any day to register their discontentment against a failed administration that has continued to live on propaganda, excuses and denials,” Ologbondiyan said.
The party restated that its demand that the security high command should be rejigged to inject new blood to effectively tackle the security challenges had become a consensus opinion of all other patriotic individuals and groups, including the two chambers of the National Assembly, adding that the fact was well known within and outside Nigeria.
They said accusing the opposition and threatening the media were therefore diversionary and apparently aimed to validate alleged plots by agents of governments to clamp down on innocent Nigerians, the media and members of the civil society to suppress and foist a siege mentality on Nigerians.
Ologbondiyan added that the party was aware that the accusation was part of the ploy by the Buhari Presidency to intimidate the opposition party to abandon its demands for the Buhari administration to be alive to its responsibility to secure the nation or step aside for more competent hands to manage the affairs of our nation.
“Our party holds that instead of resorting to fabrications, blackmail and threats, a responsive and concerned administration should rather listen to the people, stop its blackmail, propaganda, denials and excuses; take urgent steps to rejig its security architecture and end the escalated bloodletting under its watch,” Ologbondiyan said.