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
"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
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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.