Abuja – Nigeria’s ruling party, the People Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the opposition of peddling falsehoods about the political situation in the country.
The ruling party in a statement issued on Monday by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, alleged that the parties in question were fuelling speculation that President Jonathan would impose state of emergency in several parts of the north, a claim that was never arrived at.
The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and Congress for Progressive Change
(CPC) were singled out for criticism.
The ruling party described the action of ACN and CPC as wicked, saying such move was aimed at aggravating the security situation in the country.
The PDP, led by President Goodluck Jonathan, questioned the parties'patriotism, saying "unsubstantiated" and "unfounded claims" being levelled against the country were "uncalled for".
"The opposition parties in their usual noise making, homage to falsehood and lies, and quest to always be in the news for frivolous reasons, purported in their statements that the Presidency planned to impose emergency rule in some Northern states when no such decision has been reached,” read a statement from the ruling party.
"We find it appalling and very disheartening that the leaders of opposition parties made up of elderly persons, who ordinarily should have the interest of the nation at heart have reduced themselves to noise makers and rumour mongers who have nothing to offer but engage in wicked fabrication all in their desperation for power."
The ruling party emphasised that the Federal Government of Nigeria had not reached any decision to impose emergency rule in any state of the federation and added the Presidency had been clear on this.
"While the security situation in the country remains a challenge to all Nigerians, it is public knowledge that President Goodluck Jonathan has been upbeat in seeking solutions in the interest of all; by way of equipping security agencies, opening opportunities for dialogue and recently, the consideration of amnesty for Boko Haram members."
- CAJ News