Abuja - The war of words between the country’s biggest political parties took a new twist with the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) tasking the All Progressives Congress (APC) to explain its alleged connections with the militant Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND).
“The explanation has become necessary following the unsavory public reactions and concerns trailing the statement by MEND backing their Presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari,’ PDP said in a statement its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, issued from Abuja.
“What exactly does APC have in common with MEND? Why do they want to resurrect it? Nigerians want to know. Are we also expecting a similar statement from insurgents in the north, who initially named General Buhari to lead the dialogue between them and the Federal Government?” PDP stated.
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The ruling party said Nigerians were “indeed worried” by these developments.
“We therefore urge the APC to come out clean and explain to the citizens what they have in common with these groups, especially given the statement by their flag bearer, after the 2011 elections, that the ‘dogs and baboons will all be soaked in blood,” the PDP said.
MEND is one of the largest militant groups in the Niger Delta.
The organization claims to expose exploitation and oppression of the people of the Niger Delta and devastation of the natural environment by public-private partnerships between the Federal Government and corporations involved in the production of oil in the region.
Comment could not be obtained from APC over alleged connections with MEND.
- CAJ News