The ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has come down heavily on the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN over the latter’s call on the National Assembly to commence impeachment proceedings against President Goodluck Jonathan for accepting the gift of a church building from a construction company.
The church was erected in the president’s village, Otuoke in Bayelsa state, after Goodluck Jonathan bemoaned the state of the former structure.
The PDP described the call for impeachment by the ACN as “recklessly infantile and the hallmark of a political party whose provincial obsession and pretended nationalism have left mercilessly hobbled; hence the perennial perchance for antics of destabilization.”
The party, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, accused the ACN of plotting to destabilize the nation by its utterances.
“Let’s therefore ask the ACN; ‘quo agendum? ’ – whither your agenda?” Is it to destabilise the Federal Government and hasten the quest for a divided patria? Is it to gain what the opposition in their collective whole failed to achieve in April 2011 presidential election? Or still, is it a vengeance for the inability of the opposition to win successive five governorship elections, the nullification of some of which was achieved via judgments with questionable trends?” the statement said.
The PDP also exonerated the President of any wrongdoing in the gift of the church to the community.
The party challenged the ACN to provide proof to Nigerians that the rehabilitation of a community church by a construction company benefited the president.
The PDP said it was unfortunate that the CAN was ruffling the sensibilities of Nigerians at a time religion had been wrongly appropriated by unpatriotic elements to wreak chaos in parts of the country.
The party further warned the ACN not to distract the National Assembly.
“We are not surprised the ACN is losing sleep over the maturity and stability that the National Assembly led by our great Party has gained in the last few years, much less its smooth working relationship with the executive,” it said.
The statement also called on the National Assembly to disregard the ACN and remain focused in the joint effort to achieve the transformation of the country.