The Nasarawa State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has accused the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of withholding information that could halt the two-year-old communal crisis in the state.
Reacting to the PDP’s allegations of negligence by the APC-led government, the state chairman of the APC, Philip Shekwo, described as evil the PDP’s accusation that the state government had imported mercenaries to wage war against a particular ethnic group.
Mr. Tatari urged the PDP to disclose the location of the mercenaries and avail the security agencies of the information.
“We have observed that the PDP have intelligence information that can help halt this mayhem,” he said. “We urged them to avail security agencies of this intelligence if they genuinely want to assist in bringing an end to these conflict since they know where these mercenaries are camped.”
Mr. Tatari said the blame game by the PDP was a ploy to destabilize the state and cast aspersion on the Tanko Almakura-led administration.
“It is on record that the PDP has shunned all peace meetings convened by the government since these conflicts began,” he said. “Their refusal to attend these peace meetings, by the benefit of hindsight, was part of their ploy to perpetuate the crisis for their blood thirsty political agenda.”
He said that the PDP in the state had lost control and lacked the moral right to accuse the state government of abetting the crisis.
“PDP has exposed their motive,” he said. “They are the agent provocateur of the crisis, desperately seeking power even if they have to walk on the blood of innocent citizens of the state.”
Mr. Tatari said accusing the governor and the government of importing mercenaries was mischievous and diversionary.
He said the PDP was not doing enough to woo more security presence in the state despite having the connection to call on the federal government to increase security presence.
“We had wondered why the PDP are not using their connections to call on the Federal Government to increase security presence in the state rather than cry wolf,” he said.