Akin Akanke, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has raised an alarm over what it called an orchestrated plot by the opposition to undermine the Federal Government and ultimately destroy the unity of the country.
The ruling party said on Sunday that the opposition intended to achieve this by engineering pockets of revolts across the country against the PDP-led government.
In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, PDP said: “Having discovered that Nigerians have rejected them ahead of 2015 general elections due to their penchant for propaganda, deceit and promotion of violence and disunity among the people, the APC leaders have perfected this plot and are now using Imo State and the governor to experiment its workability,” the party alleged.
The party particularly called on Nigerians to note the organisation of phantom protests against President Goodluck Jonathan by Governor Okorocha and the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The party noted that Governor Okorocha was trying to divert the attention of the Supreme Court from the substance of the case against him ahead of the apex court’s ruling on October 31, 2013, warning him not to drag President Jonathan into the case.
Berating the governor for accusing President Jonathan of influencing the Supreme Court on the case, the PDP frown at the ongoing antics of Governor Okorocha and the APC over their threats, sponsoring fabricated stories in the media and organising phantom protests against the office and person of President Goodluck Jonathan and the Supreme Court.
The party also It criticized the governor for attempting to hoodwink the apex court and divert its attention from the substance of the case, adding that his accusation was part of the embattled governor’s strategy to whip up sentiments to sway the Judiciary by portraying himself as being under attack by the Presidency.
Sunday’s statement read in part: “Governor Okorocha has always been jittery that justice will prevail against him at the Supreme Court for stealing the peoples mandate in 2011, hence his recent deployment of blackmail and attacks on the Judiciary and the Presidency ahead of the apex court’s ruling on the case.
“This governor has been living in morbid fear of having justice prevailing against him at the Supreme Court for stealing the mandate of the people in 2011. As such, he now seeks to use the instrumentality of blackmail and political subterfuge to divert the attention of the Supreme Court from the substance of the case against him ahead of the apex court’s ruling on October 31, 2013.
“By sponsoring fabricated reports in the media alleging that the Presidency was influencing the Supreme Court to remove him from office, Governor Okorocha is merely trying to whip up sentiments to ultimately sway the Supreme Court by portray himself as a victim of attack by the Presidency.
“Moreover, the APC is aware that it will lose the 2015 general elections and even the governorship of states presently under its control.
“As such, it is now using the Imo state governor’s attempt to blackmail the Judiciary a test for a bigger plot to weaken this institution ahead of 2015 to enable the opposition get away in states they plan to rig,” it said.