The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has insisted that that it will continue to caution leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, against making utterances that fuel violence and motivate insurgency in the country.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh in a statement on Tuesday, however, noted that press releases from the ruling party linking the unguarded utterances of some opposition politicians to the activities of Boko Haram, succeeded in sobering some APC leaders.
“As a responsible party, the PDP has made its point on the utterances, comments and statements by politicians which tend to influence and/or instigate people to violence and we believe that our statements have made APC and some of their leaders more responsive to their collective duty of verbal restraint.
“However, we still decry attempts by the APC to seek cheap publicity by making classless, childish, immature and ineffective statements on terrorism matters. Sometimes they even speak as if they control their actions”, the statement said.
The PDP also decried the Adamawa State Governor, Murtala Nyako’s tendencious letter to the Northern States Governors Forum, saying it is shocking that such came from an elected person.
It advised Governor Nyako to instead learn from other APC leaders who have started watching the statements they make.
“Governor Nyako must desist from such and learn from other APC leaders who are now comporting themselves better as a response to PDP statements which succeeded in exposing the link between their unguarded utterances and escalation of violence and insurgency in our nation”, the party said.
The ruling party also tasked all political figures across board on the need to guard against making violence-instigating statements even as it implored President Goodluck Jonathan and the 36 state governors to come up with a strong resolution to stop the trend.
PDP also called on all Nigerians, especially respectable politicians to continue to unite against terrorism and all forms of tendencies that promote violence and divide rather than unite the nation.
“Our resolve is to join hands with responsible, respectable and patriotic Nigerians to highlight and promote our desire to live together in a strong, peaceful and united Nigeria. Our enemies are at the gate, but together we will keep them out as we continually watch our comments and utterances”, the statement said.