Abuja - The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) has cautioned Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against stoking religious tensions after the ruling party lost some legislators to the All Progressives Congress.
“The day CNPP witnessed mass exodus of PDP members - five Governors of the PDP, legislators and other prominent members – defecting to APC we sensed danger coming from the PDP and called on the APC to stop further admission of PDP members. We never expected PDP to take the dangerous route of annihilation and therefore wish to remind the PDP that the best way to cushion the mass exodus of their members to APC is not by stocking the fire of religion to burn down the country; but by introspection and deep reflection on why their members are aggrieved,” CNPP National Publicity Secretary, Osita Okechukwu, stated.
Okechukwu said the CNPP appreciated the “desperation” of the PDP to win 2015 general elections.
However, the official said, the core ingredient of every election in liberal democracy was a referendum on the incumbent, not on branding or demonizing the opponent.
“Accordingly, we challenge the PDP to as a matter of urgent national importance to publicly state the steps the APC has taken so far to balkanize the country, the master-minds; failure of which we take it that the PDP is preparing grounds for the arrest, and detention of APC stalwarts and possibly the execution of the Abacha-scheme, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo mentioned in his letter to President Jonathan. Otherwise how can PDP stoke fear and hate in an already traumatized country, without using the security agencies under its command to thoroughly investigate the spurious propaganda statement dished out by a prominent supporter of the party.”
– CAJ News