Stop criticising us, PDP warns Buhari

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday asked a former Head of State and the Presidential Candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in the 2011 general elections, General Muhammadu Buhari to show statesmanship in his assessment of the contributions of the PDP led Federal Government to the cause of democracy and good governance.

Former Head of State and the Presidential Candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in the 2011 general elections, General Muhammadu Buhari

In a statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, the Party said that political differences notwithstanding, it expected Gen Buhari as an elder statesman and a former Head of State to acknowledge the significant progress that Nigeria has made in internalising democratic culture since the return of democracy in 1999.

“There is still room for improvement no doubt, but Nigeria under the PDP has recorded tremendous gains in terms of advancing the rule of law and the fundamental rights of Nigerians, in deed, in other indices of good governance which democracy is usually expected to guarantee.”

General Buhari had last week in Kano said of the PDP led Federal Government; “under normal circumstances we are supposed to work strictly within the provisions of the constitution, but this is Nigeria and nothing is perfect and the only thing they have not tampered with between 1999 to date in Nigeria is the Holy Koran.”

“We are shocked that an elder statesman could paint such an ugly picture, tissue of lies, of his dear nation just to advance his political fortunes. We shudder that a former Head of State under whose watch freedom of expression landed many Nigerians in detention on account of his obnoxious decrees, and who now enjoys such freedom, is utterly ungrateful to the efforts of our great party in advancing the cause of democracy.”

“If the CPC leadership does not understand what the rule of law is, let’s oblige them with little details,” the statement said.

“Today, criticisms, even destructive ones are hurled at the PDP led federal government and no one is harassed because we uphold the inalienable rights of the people which is at the heart of democracy .We throw our doors open to criticism so that we accommodate alternative views.”

“Today, the PDP loses elections and winners are sworn in and we do not use our incumbency at the centre to truncate the democratic wishes of the people. However, in the states held by the opposition parties, local elections are massively rigged as witnessed recently in Lagos and Ogun States and where we defy the odds to emerge victorious like in Imo State, machinery of government is used to frustrate the expressed wish of the people.”

“The rule of law if we must state further is that in our drive for transparency and accountability, some leaders of our party have been caught by the long arm of the law and we never obstructed the course of justice.”

“Do we need to add that the PDP led Federal Government does have other preference to the rule of law and that is why we enacted the Freedom of Information Act so that every Nigerian will not be in the dark as to how the nation is run, and so that they can be armed to demand for what is right.”

” Must we also tell the leadership of the CPC leadership that in our congresses and convention, deference to the rule of law is the word? And that notwithstanding our size, we successfully manage dissenting views and establish strong leadership not dogged by factions like the CPC.”

“And for General Buhari, the evangelist of rule of law, Nigerians wish to know if unlawful incitement of the populace to violence and attack on the institutions of democracy is part of the rule of law?

” Is the imposition that marked the congresses of the CPC in 2011 which is still hunting the
Party till date an act in rule of law?”

” We wish to advise General Buhari to concentrate in giving Nigerians his alternative ideas and plan of action to what the PDP has at present or even engage us in a public debate on the
values of good governance. We pray that his party or whatever alliance they are negotiating presents Buhari once more as a presidential candidate so that Nigerians will make their choice”.

“However, we wish to remind the former Head of State that Nigerians are not fools and that they know what Nigeria was yesterday especially under regimes like his and what obtains today. There is no doubt that even the blind can distinguish between the daylight it is today and the deep dark night it was hitherto?

PDP yet to take a stand on proposed N5000 note

As the controversy rages over the proposed introduction of the N5000 bank note, the national Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Olisa Metuh on Friday said that the party is yet to take an official position on the matter.

He however said that the party will listen to the yearnings of the Nigerian people.

Addressing a news conference in Abuja as part of activities marking the 14th anniversary of the party, Mr Metuh said the current security challenge being faced by the nation will soon be a thing of the past as the PDP-led government led by President Goodluck Jonathan is working to ensure a safe and secure Nigeria.

He further said that the party which has provided uninterrupted democracy for fourteen years in nigeria remains committed to the principle of one man, one vote saying that the party is not an army of occupation.

PDP leadership is not divided- Party spokesperson

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has refuted media reports of division and camps within the national leadership of the party, saying such reports are false.

The national publicity secretary of the party, Olisa Metuh, speaking at the national headquarters of the party in Abuja, said the party has also had some administrative lapses and these had been corrected.

Even though he declined to say more, he made it clear he was referring to the recent face-off between the national secretary of the party and a top aide of the national chairman which had made national headlines for some days.

Ignore calls for Jonathan’s impeachment: PDP tells Nass

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has described the call by the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) on the National Assembly to impeach the President as a bluff not to be regarded by well-meaning members of the legislative chambers.

In a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the Party, Chief Olisa Metuh, said its National Chairman, Dr. Bamanga Turkur is “deeply worried by the incessant destructive hue of an opposition, who though bereft of a credible alternative model, still struts the  stage in a jaundiced  illusion of a model driver of the perfect”.

The party also noted the importance of opposition in a democracy but called on the opposition to criticize constructively “The strength of any viable democracy lies in the mettle of a credible opposition. The PDP welcomes this. However, where the opposition is irresponsibly engrossed in making a mountain out of a mole hill and ceaselessly creating an imaginary tiger in the neighbourhood, it leaves no one in doubt that it is committed to a hidden agenda that neither benefits the nation nor ennobles the people.”

The PDP went further to raise questions and took a spite at the entire opposition for failing to wrest power from the PDP during the 2011 general elections “Let’s therefore ask the ACN; ‘quo agendum? ’ – whither your agenda?” Is it to destabilise the Federal Government and hasten the quest for a divided patria? Is it to gain what the opposition in their collective whole failed to achieve in April 2011 presidential election? Or still, is it a vengeance for the inability of the opposition to win successive five governorship elections, the nullification of some of which was achieved via judgements with questionable trends”?

The PDP demanded from the ACN a proof to Nigerians that the rehabilitation of a Community church by a construction company, an act which ordinarily falls under community relations has personally benefited the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

According to the PDP, it is very unfortunate that the ACN is ruffling the sensibilities of Nigerians at a material time that religion has been wrongly appropriated by unpatriotic elements to wreak chaos in parts of the nation.

The Party further warned the ACN not to distract the National Assembly. “We are not surprised the ACN is losing sleep over the maturity and stability that the National Assembly led by our great Party has gained in the last few years, much less its smooth working relationship with the executive.

We therefore call on the National Assembly to disregard the ACN and remain focused in the joint effort to achieve the transformation of Nigeria.