Enugu - The All Progressives Congress (APC) in the South-east, has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the zone of allegedly conniving with agents of disunity to hoodwink the people by inciting the people to revolt against the Federal Government through the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB).
The party also, cautioned priests in the zone against making inciting and provocative statements against the Federal Government, saying that they were tired of war in Igbo land.
These were contained in a press statement signed by the APC, South- East Publicity Secretary, Hycienth Ngwu in Enugu.
Ngwu’s statement read, “We have taken notice of inciting and provocative statements by officers and agents of PDP in the South East in recent times, using false group names and sometimes masquerading as IPOB sympathizers to misinform and hoodwink our people by inciting them against the Federal Government led by APC.
“Their sole aim was to bring the Federal Government to public hatred, contempt, ridicule or disrepute particularly in the South East zone, so as to divert attention from the agenda of the government to fully recover looted public funds and set our economy to a self-sustaining mode. This is quite unfortunate and we stand tall in condemning these acts of sabotage and deception.
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“These series of unwarranted attacks against the Federal Government by these agents have been carried to a disturbing level and are the reasons for the pockets of civil disturbances in the South East in recent times. PDP and their agents should learn to play fair politics rather than destructive politics.
“They should learn to criticize policies constructively with a view to deepening our democracy and building a strong economy that will see many of our people out of poverty threshold, rather than fabricating lies with a view to hoodwinking our people, inciting them to violence and destroying our economic base. The clergy should not be drawn into politics with bitterness.
“They should as a matter of fact, be peace-agents and not otherwise. Inciting and provocative statements are like ill wind. It blows nobody any good. Nothing compares to peace and dialogue.
“We have had enough of marginalization; confrontation is not the answer. It is not the key. PDP with its array of prominent Igbo failed woefully in addressing the issues in their 16 years of reign in power.
“Our roads and other infrastructures were neglected and abandoned. Contracts were awarded and recklessly abandoned. We cannot afford another war in the South East. And we cannot ask the Federal Government not to ask for refund of looted public funds. We understand their antics.
They should please leave us alone, to be part of this “Change Agenda” so that we can benefit maximally from it and re-establish our major stakeholder ship in the Nigerian community. We are Nigerians.
“Our people are true democrats. We hereby call on our people to show this by promoting the tenets of democracy and the rule of law. We should shun any political tendencies that preach disunity and hatred amongst us, and between us and other tribes or regions in the country.
“It is time we told the PDP and their agents that being in opposition is not synonymous with abuse of and or making exciting, inciting and provocative statements against the government and a hysterical wolf crying.
Politics should be played with the interest of the masses in the fore-front. We must liberate our people politically and economically. And the time is now and in APC
“We urge our people to embrace this present administration with peaceful disposition and dialogue as ways to bridge the huge infrastructural gap and economic woes inflicted and perpetuated on the South-East by the previous Federal Governments in Nigeria. We should reciprocate President Buhari’s love to us, the Igbo.
“It was President Buhari’s love to us that made him pick on his first and second trial to the Presidency, late Senator Chuba Okadigbo and Edwin Ume-Ezeoke, two prominent sons of Igbo land, as his running-mates respectively in 2003 and 2007.
“And currently our eminent personalities are occupying vantage positions in his administration to bring about the desired change we needed in the South East.”
- News 24