Nyako replies Jonathan; says APC states more peaceful than PDP’s

Former Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa
Governor Murtala Nyako of Adamawa

President Goodluck Jonathan had blamed the insecurity in the APC controlled states on the governors.

The Adamawa state Governor, Murtala Nyako, has stated that many All Progressives Congress, APC, controlled states are more peaceful than states controlled by governors from the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP.

He was reacting to Mr. Jonathan speech at the 65th meeting of the PDP National Executive Committee, NEC, in Abuja on Thursday.

Mr. Jonathan had blamed the Boko Haram insurgency on the governors of the affected states, Adamawa, Borno, and Yobe. He said the poor performance of the APC governors there was responsible for the insurgency; contrary to the commendable performance of the PDP governors.

In a statement by the spokesperson, Ahmad Sajoh, Friday, the Adamawa State governor said the ruling PDP and the President should know that he is the President of all Nigerians and not just of PDP controlled states.

“The PDP which is the ruling party at the centre should realize that Mr. President is the President of Nigeria as such the whole country is his constituency.

“In the process of promoting the welfare of Nigerians and protecting the people of this country, every Nigerian matters whether he or she belongs to the PDP, APC or other political parties, including those
who do not belong to any political party at all,” the statement said.

Mr. Nyako said it is rather ironic that while Mr. Jonathan was making his remarks, explosions erupted in Gombe, a PDP controlled state, and some armed hoodlums stomped a radio station in Enugu, another PDP state, resulting in a number of deaths.

“We believe that the insinuation that PDP controlled states are more peaceful than ours is totally wrong”.

Mr. Nyako said it is on record that more deaths were recorded in two PDP states, Plateau and Kaduna, than in Adamawa in the last two years.

“We have no segregated neighbourhoods in Adamawa State; all our people live peacefully together in the same localities participating in activities as one entity.

“This situation does not exist in PDP controlled states of Plateau and Kaduna where Christians and Muslims live in different neighbourhoods and yet remain in perpetual fear. These are unfortunate situations that require more statesmanship than partisanship,” he said.

Mr. Nyako said the menace of insurgency is neither an APC affair, nor PDP’s, but a Nigerian problem.

“The only person with a pan-Nigerian mandate is the President of the Federal Republic. The mandate given to the PDP to run the Federal Government requires that such responsibility of securing Nigeria and
Nigerians should transcends partisan considerations,” Mr. Nyako said.

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