Lagos - The ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) United Kingdom chapter has described as misleading the recent presentations by members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), to the British Prime Minister, David Cameron, on the security situation in Nigeria.
In a statement jointly signed by Ogbueshi Oburota and Rasaki Sulu-Lola, Chairman and Publicity Secretary respectively, the PDP UK accused the APC UK of desperately seeking to burnish the party's soiled image.
Last month, leaders of the APC UK visited Cameron to hand over a message alerting him of dangers capable of derailing Nigeria’s democracy, which the PDP UK contends was nothing more than a desperate attempt to "burnish the opposition party’s already tainted image."
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The PDP UK contends that its counterpart was conveniently ignoring the fact that recently, two members of the British House of Commons posed some questions and notices requesting the Foreign and Commonwealth Minister to investigate allegations of a relationship between the APC and Boko Haram.
"Their concern is that some members of the APC may be sponsors or supporters of Boko Haram, a concern that is logical and worthy of investigation. Also, on the 23 July 2014, a Conservative Party think-tank, the Bow Group, published a document titled "Exposing and Defeating Boko Haram: Why the West must unite to help Nigeria defeat terrorism,” in which it unequivocally questioned the relationship between APC and Boko Haram."
The PDP UK described the President Goodluck Jonathan's statement during the inter-denominational service to mark the 2012 Armed Forces Remembrance Day, in which he acknowledged that Boko Haram agents have “infiltrated’’ his government, as a well guided call for vigilance.
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"Boko Haram, a terrorist group by its nature, thrives through such subtle infiltration of and blending within their target government or groups. That President Jonathan was wise enough to pre-empt this is worthy of praise and not condemnation. It is the thought of a concerned statesman and a true leader.
"The Western world has supported the Goodluck Jonathan government by providing all the expert and logistics requirements while the neighbouring countries are working with the Nigerian government towards eradicating this menace of Boko Haram. It is pretentious for APC to suggest a solution that has been in operation, and successful for many months now."
The party said APC must strive to justify itself as an effective opposition as practiced in successful democracies and desist from destabilizing the labours and good efforts of President Jonathan’s government.
- CAJ News