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 People's Democratic Party (PDP) has distanced President Goodluck Jonathan from Monday’s protest by members of the Odua People’s Congress (OPC).
It berated the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) for linking its leader to the protest held in Lagos.
The ruling party spokesman, Olisa Metuh, described the allegation as cheap blackmail and part of the mind game being played by the APC in its spirited effort to discredit and scuttle the electoral process.
"It is absurd for anybody to attempt to link President Jonathan to a protest and disagreements involving rival factions of an organization such as the OPC," he said.
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He said the party added that the President has proven himself to be a peaceful, humble and forthright leader with unparalleled inclination for political accommodation.
Earlier this week, OPC engaged in a violent protest to force the resignation of Independent National Electoral Commission, Attahiru Jega.
Metuh said the party was against violence ahead of elections.
"The party restates its call to all stakeholders in the electoral process and security agencies to ensure that all activities regarding the general elections are conducted in an orderly manner."