Group likens PDP chairman’s comments on the 2015 general elections to beating war drum.
The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, CNPP, has taken a swipe at the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Bamanga Tukur, over his comment on the 2015 general elections, in which he claimed that the ruling party would not allow it to be swept out of power by the opposition.
Mr. Tukur had said during the reconciliation tour embarked upon by members of the National Working Committee, NWC, of the PDP, that “there is a heavy war ahead in 2015, a group has come up and wants to sweep the mat off our feet. We cannot allow that to happen…..What I am saying here is what I told our supporters in the South West.”
Describing the comment as “a drum of war” ahead of the general elections, CNPP said it was outraged by it because the group was yet to recover from similar comments by members of the PDP, including the one made by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, prior to the 2007 general elections.
“We are outraged because PDP is at it again; we are yet to recover from the drum of war earlier dished out by the desperate political party,” CNPP said in a statement by its spokesman, Osita Okechukwu.
“We regrettably recall the post-electoral-violence which trailed Chief Olusegun Obasanjo’s declaration of 2007 elections as –Do-or-Die-Battle. Since then it has been violence, violence and violence after each election; which renders families hopeless, fouls our democracy, breeds electoral apathy and impugns on the character of politicians.”
The group asked the security agencies to query Mr. Tukur over the comment, which it said is unpatriotic, undemocratic, inciting and would not promote peace urgently needed by the country.
The party said, “We call on the security agencies as a matter of urgent national importance to query Alhaji Bamanga Tukur for his unpatriotic, undemocratic and inciting statement; for the least we expect from an elder statesman at this critical junction of unmitigated national insurgency is peace, peace and nothing but peace.”
CNPP also asked the PDP-led Federal Government to release the report of the Sheik Lemu Committee, which, according to it, gave a vivid account of how the PDP stimulated post-2011 electoral violence.
The group said the 2015 elections would be a referendum on the performance of the PDP-led Federal Government, adding that in the history of elections in liberal democracy, no electorate ever rewards an inept, corrupt and clueless government with votes and the Nigerian electorate cannot be an exception.
It added, “Otherwise can Nigerians voters be expected to reward PDP for squandering N48.40 trillion which accrued from Oil Revenue between 2000 and 2011? The outcome of which is dilapidated infrastructure, darkness and rickety social services.
“Can Nigerians vote for a regime that wants to impose Petroleum Tax; without recovering looted Fuel Subsidy Funds from Alhaji Bamanga and his PDP co-travelers’ children?
“Or do we reward a regime which harbours a serving minister whose company – Pinnacle Construction – siphoned Fuel Subsidy Fund? In sum, Alhaji Bamanga should stop beating the drum of war and rather accept the inevitability of regime change,” the party queried.