CNPP to PDP: Don’t introduce religion in Nigeria’s politics

The CNPP challenges the ruling party to substantiate allegation of nation’s balkanization against APC

The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties, CNPP, has challenged the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to state publicly how the All Progressives Congress, APC, planned to balkanize Nigeria as claimed by the ruling party.

The PDP had in a statement by its spokesperson, Olisa Metuh, on Tuesday alleged that the APC planned to balkanize the country along religious lines by imposing an Islamic agenda like Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.

The ruling party, which claimed the plan was exposed by one Yusuf Garba, an Islamic Cleric, alleged that it was the reason the APC had been promoting violence, divisions and bloodletting across the country.

While warning the PDP not to introduce religion into the nation’s politics, the CNPP asked the ruling party to substantiate its claim or it would assume the ruling party was preparing grounds for the arrest and detention of opposition politicians as alleged by former President Olusegun Obasanjo in his letter to President Goodluck Jonathan.

“We challenge the PDP to as a matter of urgent national importance publicly state the steps the APC has taken so far to balkanize the country, the master-minds; failure of which we take it that the PDP is preparing grounds for the arrest, and detention of APC stalwarts and possibly the execution of the Abacha-scheme, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo mentioned in his letter to President Jonathan,” CNPP said in a statement on Wednesday by its spokesperson, Osita Okechukwu.

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“Otherwise how can PDP stoke fear and hate in an already traumatized country, without using the security agencies –NPF, SSS, NIA, DIA, DMI – under its command to thoroughly investigate the spurious propaganda statement dished out by a prominent supporter of the party?”

The CNPP said after it witnessed the defection of PDP members to APC, it sensed danger and called on the APC to stop admitting PDP members.

The CNPP said it never expected the PDP to take the dangerous route of annihilation. It advised the ruling party that the best way to cushion the mass exodus of its members to the APC was not by stoking the fire of religion to burn down the country, but by engaging in introspection and deep reflection on why people were aggrieved.

“In fairness we appreciate the desperation of the PDP to win 2015 general elections; however the core ingredient of every election in liberal democracy is a referendum on the incumbent, not on branding or demonizing the opponent,” the CNPP added.

The group wondered when innocuous remarks of the Religious Equity Promotion Council, REPC, took precedence over the assurances by Nigeria Inter-Religious Council, NIREC, headed by the Sultan of Sokoto and the President of the Christian Association of Nigeria, CAN.

It further stated that by its utterances, the PDP was giving the impression that it had become an Islamic party.

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