Abuja - Reno Omokri, the Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Modern Media, urged the All Peoples Congress (APC) to support the proposed conference on national dialogue.
Omokri claimed Nigerians “wanted” the initiative, which Jonathan announced on Tuesday during a ceremony to mark the country’s 53d independence anniversary.
Subsequently, Jonathan established a committee to steer national dialogue.
It was reported the PAC, which aims to wrestle power from the ruling People’s Democratic Party in the 2015 general election, had some misgivings about the dialogue.
“After reading the comments of the APC on the proposed conference, I urge them to support what Nigerians want,” Omokri said in Abuja.
He added, “The APC should note that this idea is not the President’s but an idea of the Nigerian people, including some who voted for the APC. The APC should note that its claim to be a progressive party is sounding shallow if at all it opposes an idea that the people want.”
However, the APC interim National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, said the party would wait to get the full details of the presidential initiative before tabling it at a meeting of its leadership for discussion.
Jonathan’s initiatives are aimed at fostering unity amid political problems in the country, ranging from terrorism, religious intolerance, interparty tensions and infighting within some political parties, including PDP.
– CAJ News