By Adejumo Enock
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has called on the All Progressive Congress, APC to immediately call off its ‘bandits’ as Nigeria can no longer cope with the daily kidnapping and killings by the outlaws.
The Party said APC has betrayed its complicity by always evading demands by Nigerians to explain the whereabout of the bandits it imported as political mercenaries to unleash violence in the 2019 election.
The Party disclosed this on Monday in a statement titled ‘PDP To APC: Rein In Your Bandits Now’ issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.
According to the statement, “The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the All Progressives Congress (APC) to immediately rein in its ‘bandits’ as our nation can no longer cope with the daily marauding, kidnapping and wanton killings by these outlaws”.
“The PDP invites Nigerians to note how the APC has become deflated and dumbstruck since its connections to the escalation of acts of terrorism and banditry, including the gruesome killings and kidnapping of innocent Nigerians for ransom in the last five years, were exposed”.
The Party stated that the APC further betrayed its complicity by always evading demands by Nigerians to explain the whereabouts of the bandits it imported as political mercenaries to unleash violence and help it muscle the 2019 general election.
The statement in part reads, “The APC had always dodged demands by our party and other patriotic Nigerians asking it to come clean on reports in the public space that many of the bandits ravaging parts of our nation, killing and kidnapping innocent Nigerians are APC political mercenaries which it failed to settle after the 2019 elections”.
“Moreover, the APC had further betrayed its links through its manifest show of sympathy to terrorists and bandits, failure to promptly and forcefully condemn their activities as well as its attack on anybody, who condemn acts of terrorism or demand for the release of abductees”.
Also Olugbondiyan stated that “Our party holds that now that President Muhammadu Buhari has admitted his administration’s failure to rout the bandits, the onus lies on the APC, as a party, to help Mr. President by immediately reining in their bandits and ending their affliction on our nation”.
“Is it not a national shame that whereas the Chadian President Idris Deby personally led his troops to rout out insurgents and even freed Nigerian territories and soldiers held captive by terrorists in northern part of Borno state, our President, who promised to lead the fight against insurgency from the fronts, has receded to the comfort of the Presidential villa, from where he is leading from the rear and blaming his service chiefs?”.
The PDP states that, “If President Buhari does not see that it is time for him to let go and allow more competent hands to take charge of the security of our nation, the least expected of the APC is for it to appeal to Buhari to heed the calls of patriotic Nigerians”.
Similarly, the Party in its statement expressed that, “In any case, it is imperative to reiterate that the APC cannot exonerate itself from this badge of shame and infamy by attempting to single out President Buhari for blame for their collective failures”.
“After all, the APC was responsible for the importation of bandits as their political mercenaries in 2019”.
PDP said, “To worsen the situation, APC leaders, in their greed, corruption, nepotism and acute partisanship have continued to ravage our nation while failing to produce any governance strategy for the Buhari administration apart from reneging on all its promises to Nigerians”.
“Nevertheless, Nigerians are already aware that the APC and its leaders have nothing good to offer our nation but only want to keep beguiling the people and use their merchants of violence, which they have been protecting, to attempt to perpetuate themselves in power come 2023; a scheme that has already failed”. The statement reads.