The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said it has uncovered a well-laid-out plot by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to unleash venom on the peace-loving people of Gombe state, using lies, deceit and propaganda, just as it did in Rivers State.
PDP was reacting to the APC alert last week that the ruling party was using security agencies to harass members of the opposition-led APC in the state. The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement yesterday, said the APC has not been happy with the peace and rapid development going on in Gombe State under the PDP-led administration and “as such is doing all it could to destabilise the state.
“We wish to alert Nigerians on the real intention behind the unpatriotic statement by the APC wherein its spokesperson, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in his usual stock in trade, maliciously dished out tissues of lies and fabrications against the PDP-led Gombe state government with the aim of causing disaffection among the people and worsening the security situation in the North-east geo-political zone where their unguarded and provocative utterances have continued to motivate and fuel insurgency” the PDP stated.
Insisting that the claims in the APC statement were mere fabrications, the PDP said at no time did the Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo-led administration clamp down on any APC member or engaged in the destruction of property owned by the APC or any other opposition party for that matter.
“Why would the PDP-led government of Gombe state clamp down on members of a party that is practically non-existent in the state? Why would the PDP bother about a party which has no single functional structure in Gombe state? Why would the PDP clamp down on members of a party which has since been rejected by the people due to its quarrelsomeness and preference for violence?
“The APC is particularly pained by the achievements of the Governor Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo-led government which have earned the PDP the support of the people.
Realising that they have been rejected by the people, the APC is now using every means, including the spreading of falsehood to attempt to destabilise the state ahead of the 2015 general election.
Having failed in its attempts to destabilise Bayelsa state, the APC has now turned its syringe of venom on Gombe, a plot which has also failed.
“Is it that the APC do not want Nigerians to live in peace? Why is APC bent on causing disaffection among the peace-loving people of Gombe state who have continued to show their commitment to live in harmony under the PDP-led administration? Why would they insist on sowing seeds of discord among our people as a means to actualise their inordinate quest for power?” the PDP queried.
Describing the APC onslaught against Gombe as a failed project, the PDP charged the people of the state to continue to be on the alert and resist plots by the APC to destroy the peace and unity they enjoy under the PDP-led administration.