The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties says president Jonathan should commend the APC governors for visiting troubled Borno State.
A coalition of opposition parties has demanded an apology from the presidency for criticizing the visit of some opposition governors to Borno State.
The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, CNPP, asked the presidency to apologise for criticising the visit of eight governors to Borno State last week, during which the governors expressed solidarity and support to the state government and that of Yobe State over the insurgency in the two states.
The governors also donated N200 million to the victims of the security challenges in the troubled states.
Presidential aide, Doyin Okupe, had, at a news conference on Tuesday in Abuja, criticised the visit of the governors, all of whom belong to the emerging party, All Progressives Congress, APC, and described them as desperate power mongers who flock together in spite of their obvious conflicting political philosophies and inordinate ambitions.
Mr. Okupe alleged that the visit was hurriedly packaged to pre-empt President Goodluck Jonathan’s visit, which, according to him, had been scheduled several weeks ago.
The CNPP, in a statement by its spokesman, Osita Okechukwu, on Wednesday, said rather than descending to using gutter language to criticise the governors, the Presidency should commend them for making the visit, which it said made Mr. Jonathan consider paying a visit to the state.
“CNPP is therefore at a loss how the presidency instead of joining the league of patriots in commending the Progressive Governors has descended into gutter language,” the conference said in the statement.
“We cannot locate opportunism in a grand solidarity and succour to embattled compatriots; for we call for more of such visits by PDP Governors.
“Consequently, we call on President Jonathan to commend the Progressive Governors for testing the ground, hence waking him up from deep slumber. We demand unreserved apology for the offensive statement,” the conference added.
CNPP, a coalition of opposition parties in Nigeria, said it was outraged that the security challenge facing the country was deliberately being politicized by the presidency and Mr. Jonathan, the Commander-in-Chief, adding that “the Boko Haram inferno started more than two years ago and the ideological perspective of the APC which is pro-people could be said to be the motivating factor for the visit.”
The conference thanked the APC governors for their visit, saying it restored the hope of the people in the state and created a sense of belonging that the country had not abandoned them.
The group commended “the initiative, courage, fortitude and sagacity of the Progressive Governors; for their visit has raised the moral of our embattled and traumatized compatriots in the axis of conflict.”
“There is no doubt that the visit has restored their hope, reassured them and created a sense of belonging that the nation has not abandoned them; especially when President Jonathan did not deem it fit to visit the axis of conflict in the last two years,” CNPP said.