by Segun Odeleye
Following the attack on the convoy of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, his party – the All Progressives Party (APC) – has been using every means possible to proclaim that it has been vindicated. The APC has been arguing that since Buhari, its national leader, was attacked, it shows that the terrorists are not sympathetic to the APC as repeatedly alleged by its main rival, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
However, the PDP is not letting the APC off the hook on those charges.
In a new statement, the PDP said that the attempts by the APC to absolve itself of blame for encouraging insurgency in the country are “laughable and lame.”
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh in a statement on Saturday described the earlier statements by the APC and its governors as failed attempts at image laundering.
“Nigerians will recall that when the news of the attack broke out, the PDP took the high moral ground of condemning the development and sympathized with General Muhammadu Buhari while at the same time calling for a thorough investigation to fish out the perpetrators of the dastardly act.
“We are therefore shocked, disappointed and disgusted that the APC leaders chose to use the ugly development to embark on image laundering. However, their hasty attempts to indict the Presidency and our great party while exonerating themselves from the widely held notion that they have been promoting insurgency have raised issues regarding what really happened, especially now that a suspect has been arrested.
“Nigerians now ponder; they ask, was the attack a setup aimed at scoring some political points? If indeed it was an assassination attempt, was it engineered by internal frictions and crisis of ambition within the APC? Has it to do with some other presidential aspirants in the APC seeing General Buhari as a threat and obstacle to their ambitions? Or could it be APC’s desperate strategy of trying to disentangle itself from the internationally acknowledged link with terrorists and possibly undermine the planned probe of their involvement by the United Kingdom?
“These questions have become completely pertinent considering the fact that General Buhari poses no threat whatsoever to any candidate that the PDP might project. He lost three times to our great party in Presidential elections and will lose the fourth time if he emerges the candidate of the APC. Our advice to APC is that they might as well consider looking inwards if they believe it was an assassination attempt,” the PDP said.
The ruling party insisted that the APC cannot in anyway exonerate itself from the insurgency ravaging the country which it has been promoting through the utterances and actions of its leaders thinking that the insurgents were after the President and the PDP. It noted that if the APC leaders had joined other well-meaning Nigerians in condemning acts of terrorism at the early stage, those behind them would not have been bold enough to get to the current alarming level.
The PDP reaffirmed its commitment to peace and the welfare of all Nigerians adding that its leader, President Goodluck Jonathan remains a peace-loving, godly and humble man who has continued to reiterate that no political ambition is worth shedding of blood.
“We therefore restate that the APC and its leaders (especially General Buhari) pose no threat to any candidate the PDP might have in the general elections as Nigerians have seen that the APC has no agenda other than promoting violence, religious and ethnic division while pursuing selfish and parochial interests. Indeed, they have failed in this laughable and condemnable attempt to launder their horrible image”, the PDP said.