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PDP reacts to calls for Jonathan impeachment

16 December 2013, 08:34

Abuja - The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) issued a stern warning to the All People Congress (APC) over calls for the impeachment of President Goodluck Jonathan.

“We have noted with utter disdain, the reckless and irresponsible call by the APC on Sunday for the National Assembly to commence impeachment proceedings against President Goodluck Jonathan.

"Ordinarily, we would not have dignified Alhaji Lai Mohammed’s latest vituperations in the service of his paymasters with a response, but we thought it necessary to warn that the Federal Government will not standby idly and let the nation be plunged into unnecessary crises and political instability because of the desperation and apparent readiness of the APC spokesman and his gang of power-seeking desperadoes to sacrifice the well-being of the country on the altar of their selfish personal ambitions,” the special adviser to the president on media and publicity, Reuben Abati, stated from Abuja.

He said the presidency totally condemned the decision by Mohammed and his party to “move further beyond the bounds of honourable and acceptable political conduct with the senseless call for the impeachment of a president who continues to sincerely devote himself to the discharge of the sacred mandate freely given to him by Nigerians.”

“The APC, which remains a minority party with doubtful credentials in the National Assembly, knows fully well that its attempt to hector and blackmail a parliament dominated by loyal members of the president’s party, the PDP, into an impeachment process, will come to nothing.

"But it has cavalierly embarked on this outrageous gambit, with scant regard for peace, order, security and political stability in the country, in furtherance of its dastardly and heinous strategy of over-heating the polity and working to cause public disaffection against the Jonathan Presidency with lies, false accusations and unjustifiable indictments ahead of the 2015 general elections.”

The APC’s calls come amid accusations of the Jonathan’s administration’s criticized stance on corruption and allegations PDP was training snipers to quash dissent.

“We urge Nigerians to take special note of this boastful indication of an intention to resort to lawlessness. The presidency warns that the APC and any persons who make themselves its willing tools for the breach of public order and safety will be made to face the full sanctions of the law.

"Those who are threatening fire and brimstone should be ready for consequences of treasonable action. The APC's false copy-cat allegation that 1 000 snipers are being trained by the Jonathan Administration clearly shows that they are now in cahoots with some other elements who are bent on discrediting this administration and inciting the public against it.

"President Jonathan is running a people's government. He does not need any snipers. His legitimacy comes from the people. Those who are alleging the existence of snipers should step forward and provide the evidence or shut up forever and go down in history as spineless cowards, driven by sheer greed and indecency,” Abati stated.

He described APC’s call for the President’s impeachment as opportunistic, partisan and ill-motivated.

“We dismiss the APC’s call for the President’s impeachment as opportunistic, partisan and ill-motivated. We call on patriots to make the necessary distinction between such reckless violations of civic duty and the urgent need to protect the integrity of the Nigerian nation against those who for selfish reasons have declared their readiness to stop at nothing.”

– CAJ News


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