National leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP yesterday challenged the opposition party, the All Progressives Congress, APC to a debate where achievements of President Goodluck Jonathan led government would form the discourse.
According to PDP, the APC, which is the main opposition, has no meaningful programme for Nigeria.
The leadership of the party also insisted that all the forthcoming general elections must hold in the crisis ridden North-East States in 2015 as scheduled despite the security challenges in the Zone, just as PDP said that if governors of affected states had woken up to the task of addressing the challenge of insurgency, the problem would not have got to this magnitude.
Adamawa, Borno and Yobe states out of the six states are the front line states and presently under state of emergency.
Speaking yesterday on Kiss FM 99.9 and monitored by Vanguard in Abuja, PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh stressed that there was no reason why the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC will not conduct elections in these areas as being agitated in some quarters.
Metuh said, “after all these states which are being controlled by the opposition had successfully conducted Council elections at the peak of insurgents while bye-elections to the state and National Assemblies were held during the period, so, what are they saying?
“If the State Governors in the affected states have been alive to their responsibilities as being done by the PDP controlled Federal Government, the situation would have been brought under control, rather they are busy attacking the President and our Party as responsible for the insecurity and that elections will not hold in the affected states, elections must hold and PDP will spring surprises.
“That is a shallow and callous thinking from the opposition, how can the President be sponsoring crisis in a country he is presiding, even the President made it cleared on several occasions that his presidential does not deserve the blood of any Nigeria, President Goodluck Jonathan is a refined gentle man who will never have such a sinister motive against anybody or his father land.
“What is regrettable is that those leading members of the main opposition, the All Progressives Congress, APC, that are making unguarded utterances against the President and the PDP were former members of our party who got to where they are today on our platform before they defected, one of then even said that if APC did not win the 2015 Presidential election, they will not go to court but will go and form a parallel government.
“We have made our position known in our Press statement of yesterday that enough is enough, PDP will no longer tolerate such barbaric attacks again, if any one of them tries again, we will go out in full swing and expose such a character.”
Speaking on the defection of the Speaker, House of Representatives, Metuh noted that the position of the party as to do with morality, integrity and Constitutional matters for Nigerians to decide and more so that the matter was already before Court.
On the allegation by the APC that the Police personnel aided thugs to invade the National Assembly last week to harass its lawmakers’ members, PDP spokesperson who dismissed the allegation, however urged members of the public to wait for the outcome of the police investigation into the alleged invasion.
Metuh said, “What are they trying to say again? National Assembly members belong to different political parties and how can one identify their political parties, to the best of my knowledge they don’t wear uniforms and how did APC come to a conclusion that their members were the target?
Metuh who urged Nigerians to disregard all the propaganda and blackmail of the APC, said, “APC is not a better opposition we need in the country, it is out to derail our growing democracy, we have said before and we are saying it again and we will continue to say it.”