The Labour Party yesterday lampooned the All Progressives Congress, APC, for instructing its members in the National Assembly to block all executive bills, alleging that the action was meant to incite the military against civil authority.
Earlier, the APC had asked the lawmakers to block all legislative proposals, including the passage of the 2014 Appropriation bill, screening and confirmation of ministerial nominees as well as military service chiefs, until constitutionalism was restored in Rivers State.
However, LP National Chairman, Chief Dan Nwanyanwu, at a news briefing in Abuja on Friday stated that “to block military confirmation is an attempt to anger the military to think and reconsider their roles in the Nigerian nation and democracy”.
He described APC’s call as “desperate and unpatriotic” adding that the party was attempting to anger the military to push for a coup.
“We are talking about senior military officers who have over the years laid down their lives for the nation and Nigerian people who no doubt deserve appointments to the highest position in their career”, he said.
“We must not allow power mongers and desperate politicians, particularly those who were part and parcel of the story of the sorry state Nigeria found itself, to truncate our hard earned democracy.
“The President must not allow himself to be intimidated by the mischievous antics of the APC political leaders who are so desperate for power that they do not want to wait for 2015 when Nigerian electorates will exercise their inalienable rights to choose their leader”.
He also described the resolution of APC National Executive Committee as subversive, insensitive and unpatriotic to the fragile nature of Nigerian heterogeneous and multi- ethnic society.
He said, “We condemn very strongly the extremism and fundamentalism that the APC has come to be associated with. What APC has proposed to do is a recipe for the disintegration of the Nigerian state.
“It is therefore an ill wind that will blow no one any good. The desire and the quest of APC to win the 2015 presidential election will remain alpine dream if there is no Nigeria for them to govern”.
Nwanyanwu said that with the action, the opposition party had declared war on Nigerians, noting that APC had taken its grievances too far.