The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged conspiracy against the ruling party and the Federal Government in the recent terrorist attacks in Kano and Kaduna states.
A statement yesterday by the National Secretary of the PDP, Professor Wale Oladipo said “we invite Nigerians to note the pattern and timing which betray a trend tailored against the PDP and the Federal Government”
Blaming the opposition for the attacks, the party insisted that the attacks were tailored toward undermining what it described as “milestone achievements” of the Goodluck Jonathan administration.
Professor Oladipo continued: “We had earlier raised our concerns over a connection or correlation between the attacks and the capacity of a major opposition party to thrive.
“We noted that a party which had lost its voice suddenly regained its drive and impetus after the abduction of the Chibok school girls and the Nyanya bomb blast.
“We have observed that it has become a recurrent decimal that whenever the PDP or the Federal Government records or is about to record a major milestone, insurgents launch attacks on the people, the most recent being the Kano and Kaduna attacks which came at the wake of PDP’s victory in Ekiti state last Saturday and ahead of the ground-breaking and unveiling ceremony of the Centenary City by President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday.
“Was it a mere coincidence that bombs went off in Nyanya, in Abuja on Monday, April 14, 2014, killing over a hundred innocent citizens at a time the world focused on Nigeria for the hosting of the 25th World Economic Forum in Abuja?
“Was it also a mere coincidence that the Chibok school girls were abducted by insurgents the following day? Were these attacks part of a plot to divert attention from the gains of the Forum and paint the Federal Government as incompetent and the nation as unsafe?
“Was the Nyanya bombing deliberately timed to stop the PDP rally already scheduled for Tuesday, April 16 in Kano following apprehension by some opposition elements that the rally may expose and spell doom for their precarious political hold on the state?
“Was it mere coincidence that insurgents attacked and bombed Jos Terminus Market killing hundreds of Nigerians on Thursday, May 20, 2014, two days before the shelved PDP mega rally in Ekiti state? Was the attack not planned to ultimately stop the rally for fear that it would further the already soaring popularity of the PDP in the state?
“Was it also a mere co-incidence that these attacks scaled up after President Goodluck Jonathan performed the ground breaking ceremony of the Second Niger Bridge in March, also to divert attention from that achievement?
“We wonder if it was also a coincidence that insurgents attacked the Mamudo Government Secondary School in Yobe, killing 41 school children and a teacher on July 6, 2013, a day after President Goodluck Jonathan flagged off the rehabilitation of the Lagos-Ibadan Express way.
“We are compelled to invite Nigerians to critically examine the timing and mode of the series of attacks since the emergence of the current administration and make deductions regarding whose interest they serve.
“Are there elements who desperately use these attacks to attempt to slow the tempo of governance and further their efforts to discredit the PDP-led administration as a means to achieve political control?,” the party said.