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PDP decries emerging political tension in Lagos, Ekiti States

2015-04-06 22:58
Party supporters dance carries a banner with picture of Nigerian President and Presidential candidate of the ruling People's Democratic Party Goodluck Jonathan during a rally in Lagos on January 8, 2015. Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan on Thurs ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI

Abuja - The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned what it termed as emerging "height of political tension’’ in Lagos and Ekiti states, ahead of the April 11 elections.

This is contained in a statement issued on Monday in Abuja by Mr Olisa Metuh, the PDP National Publicity Secretary.

He urged the president-elect, retired Maj.-Gen.  Muhammadu Buhari, as the leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to call his members and supporters, particularly in Lagos and Ekiti, to order.

Metuh noted that it was the peaceful atmosphere and level playing ground nurtured by the PDP-led administration that ensured Buhari’s  emergence at the March 28 presidential polls.

"Our country cannot at this moment afford to slide into anarchy, reign of terror and deliberate schemes to divide the people for selfish political reasons,’’ the statement quoted Metuh as saying.

He described as senseless and unpatriotic, the impeachment move against Gov. Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti, by out-going APC legislators in the state.

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He also decried the alleged death threats on non-indigenes of Lagos State by a prominent Oba if they voted for the PDP candidate, Mr. Jimi Agbaje come April 11.

Metuh maintained that it was most unfortunate that a royal father should attempt to drag the revered traditional institution into partisan politics, adding that this should not be accommodated.

"Our response to the Oba is that he cannot play God and can never be God.

"God owns the universe and every part of it and can never share His glory with any human no matter how highly placed,’’ Metuh said.

He, therefore, called on non-indigenes in Lagos State irrespective of religion to turn against this unpatriotic stance, by coming out en masse to vote for PDP candidates on April 11.

He said the PDP totally reject the flimsy and unsubstantiated allegations concocted by the APC legislators against Fayose.

"We state in very clear terms that we will stand with him and bear our full weight in defense of the mandate freely given to him by the people of Ekiti State.’’ he said.

Metuh called on all democrats and the international community to take note of the current happenings in the country. 

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