Abuja - The Presidency on Sunday said the call by an opposition party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), for the impeachment of President Goodluck Jonathan was "opportunistic, partisan and ill-motivated".
The Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, made the call in a statement issued in Abuja.
"Ordinarily, we would not have dignified Lai Mohammed with a response.
"However, we thought it necessary to warn that the Federal Government will not stand by idly and let the nation be plunged into unnecessary crises and political instability because of the desperation of the APC spokesman and his gang.
"The APC, which remains a minority party with doubtful credentials in the National Assembly, knows full 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," the statement said.
"It also condemned the attempt by the party to drag the judiciary into what Abati called "its murky political warfare".
The statement quoted Abati as saying the APC had recklessly assailed the integrity and honour of the judiciary in its desperation to seize control of the Federal Government.
It said Abati had stated that the party attempted to pre-empt the outcome of the case legitimately brought against it and some of ``its new friends’’ by the PDP.
"We have noted the undisguised threat by the APC to foster public insurrection against the Federal Government if pending legal cases go against it.
"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 persons who make themselves 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 statement quoted Abati to have said.
It said Abati also refuted the allegation that 1,000 snipers were being trained by the Jonathan administration.
"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," Abati had said in the statement.