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The All Progressives Congress (APC) monday lauded the reported suspension of a planned rally by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) scheduled for Adamawa State today, in line with the prevailing mood of the nation, especially the abduction of over 200 schoolgirls in Borno State.
THISDAY had exclusively reported on Saturday that President Goodluck Jonathan, who was billed to fly in to Yola today for the rally where the party is expected to receive some defectors into its fold, had shelved the trip.
Prior to the suspension of the trip, the scheduled rally had generated tension in the state following the alleged refusal of the Governor, Alhaji Murtala Nyako, to allow the PDP to use Ribadu Square to host the president. The governor has however denied the allegation.
The state police command had written the state government, urging it to rescind its decision in the interest of peace.
But in a statement yesterday in Lagos by its interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, APC called the suspension the very right decision to take under the circumstances.
It said the suspension of the rally had shown that Jonathan was beginning to hearken to the voices of his compatriots on important national issues.
”As we said in a statement we issued on April 24, it smacks of insensitivity, inhumanity and indecency for our president and other leaders to be engaged in any celebratory venture when we do not yet know the fate of the schoolgirls who were abducted from their school and taken to an unknown destination.
”We also said the president should not repeat the same mistake he made by flying to Kano to dance at a political rally even as the smoke was yet to clear from the scene of the Nyanya bus park bombing. We are delighted that good sense has prevailed this time,” APC said.
According to the party, while the president does not have to shut down the government, he must continue to shun all celebratory public outings until all the schoolgirls have been safely reunited with their families.