The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, says it is fully in support of President Muhammadu Buhari in the ongoing fight against Boko Haram insurgency in the North East.
The National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, stated this at the party’s National Secretariat, Abuja on Friday when he received a delegation from the Northern Youth Network, NYN, who paid him a courtesy call.
The PDP spokesman while responding to a comment by the leader of the delegation, Mike Msuaan, that the APC-led government had apparently failed to fulfill its promise of ending insurgency, explained that the opposition party deliberately refused to criticize the governing party on its promise to end insurgency within a specified period.
“We are completely in support of the government in the war against insurgency”, he said.
Metuh stressed that the decision to support the government in the fight against insurgency was hinged on the fact that “the insurgents were not just fighting Buhari, APC or PDP but all Nigerians”.
“We must send a message to those trying to divide us that we are united and remained one in the fight against insurgency”, Mr. Metuh said.
He, however, said the PDP would continue to criticize the APC-led government constructively “where they go wrong”.
He noted that while the PDP was in power, it gave all Nigerians a sense of belonging but that Nigerians were crying of selective application of policies and programmes under the current dispensation and called on the Nigerian government to “note and address such complaints”.
Mr. Metuh also reacted to recent “gale” of cancellation of elections by some National Assembly members and senators, calling on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to immediately conduct elections in areas where rerun were ordered.
According to him, delay in conducting the rerun elections could deny many communities in Nigeria to have representations when key decisions are taken, especially with regards to ongoing budgeting processes.
“INEC should strive to hold elections within 30 days where possible in areas where rerun were ordered”, he said.
Mr. Metuh also said the PDP was confident of winning all the seats it lost in the last election as “Nigerians have now seen the mistake of voting for APC”.
Commenting on the stalemated Bayelsa governorship election, the PDP spokesperson said the party “would never allow anyone to take its right”.
Metuh insisted that where the INEC and APC fail to ensure credible election, the PDP and the people of the state would ensure that the election is credible.
He also commented on ongoing agitations for the creation of an independent Biafra, saying Nigeria was a divine creation that nobody could divide.
“People should keep faith in the country. No part of this country can survive on its own.
“God brought us together; no man can tear us apart”, he said.