The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has once again accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of supporting terrorist agenda against the country.
The PDP said the APC demonstrated this by criticising President Goodluck Jonathan’s singing and dancing show at a political rally in Kano, barely 24 hours after the Nyanya bomb blast that killed over 150 persons and injured twice that number.
A statement yesterday by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, declared that the President would have shut down governance by not going to Kano, simply because there was a terrorist attack in Abuja.
The statement said: “It is common knowledge that those behind the attacks seek to impose a reign of terror in our country, cow the President, dictate the tempo of government and ultimately shut down governance; a plot which the APC has betrayed its support for.
“Indeed, Nigerians are no longer at a loss as to the agenda of the APC. The APC has again exposed its support for acts directly aimed at shutting down governance and imposing anarchy and reign of terror on our people. They had expected the President to be intimidated by acts of terrorism which have continued to be motivated by their utterances.
“However, we wish to restate that as a party vested with the sacred mandate freely given by over 160 million Nigerians, the leadership of the PDP and the government we formed shall not be cowed, intimidated, harassed or tele-guided by acts of terrorism.
“The PDP-led administration was popularly elected by the Nigerian people and shall never allow terrorists and their supporters to dictate the tempo of government, which has been their direct objective.
“It is a globally settled principle that no government allows terrorist to influence the course of its action otherwise they have achieved their purpose.
“This is why the Conservative Party continued with its convention in Brighton, in October of 1984, even though the then Prime Minister, Margaret Thatcher, was almost killed by an IRA bomb that exploded at the venue of the convention.
“During that incidence, five people were killed, including two high-profile members of the Conservative Party, and 31 were injured”.
Stating that the PDP-led Federal Government would not in anyway be cowed or intimidated to abandon its mandate, the statement stressed that President Jonathan has remained committed to the welfare and security of Nigerians.
The party added that contrary to the general impression of insensitivity on the parry of the President, he has continued to be sensitive and responsive to the welfare of the people.
This, Metuh said, was aptly demonstrated when the President visited the scene of the blast and cancelled a scheduled social visit to Ibadan on the day of the blast.
“After the Dana Crash of June 3, 2012, the government flew the Nigerian flag at half-mast and the President and the Federal Government wisely refrained from celebrations”, the statement said.
The PDP called on Nigerians to be vigilant and wary of the APC, while commending President Jonathan for “remaining steadfast and focused” in delivering his transformation agenda in spite of the insurgency and unnecessary attacks by the opposition.