All the political parties in the country, including the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC) have endorsed June 12 for a stakeholders’ summit to address salient issues in the nation political system.
The summit, which would be jointly convened by the Office of the National Security Adviser (ONSA) and the Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Inter-Party Affairs, will highlight the negative consequences of the politics of bitterness, rancour, mud-slinging and unnecessary hostility to the political, economic and social well-being of the nation.
However, the national leadership of the ruling PDP, monday said it observed the sustained insults, vituperations, lies and unending schemes by the APC against the office and person of President Goodluck Jonathan, and alerted that they are all part of the well laid-out plot to cause confusion and ultimately truncate the nation’s democracy.
Addressing journalists in Abuja yesterday on the preparations for the summit slated for June 12, which would be chaired by the former Head of State, General Abdulsalami Abubakar, the Special Adviser to thePresident on Inter-party Affairs, Senator Ben Obi, said the summit would help to consolidate the nation’s democracy.
He said: “The summit will help to determine and strengthen the institutional and other basis of collaboration among Nigerian political parties and politicians, reinforce the key ingredients in the code of conduct of political behaviour and re-commit Nigerian political parties to its salient norms.
“In addition, it will help to emphasise the role of political parties in enabling the condition for social stability, national security and democratic consolidation. The summit intends to mainstream the idea that Nigerian political parties are key national patriotic stakeholders, either in government or in opposition, who are genuinely committed to the success of the Nigerian project, and serve as a platform for wide deliberation on an action plan that will lead to free, fair, transparent and violence-free general elections in 2015.”
He fingered Boko Haram insurgency as one of the forces working against the nation’s unbroken democracy, adding: “If the collaboration between existing political parties is sufficiently reinforced, the national political climate will wear a positive outlook, social stability will be guaranteed, national security will be deepened and democratic consolidation will be effectuated.
“Meanwhile, in a statement by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, said observed the sustained insults and attacks against the office and person of the president, saying that it was to cause confusion in the polity.
According to the ruling party, “In continuously hauling insults against a democratically elected president upon whose shoulders lies the sacred mandate freely given by the Nigerian people, the APC is directly insulting Nigerians and showing their disdain for the institution of democracy. This further confirms the APC’s Janjaweed ideology against the nation.
“The National Chairman and the National Working Committee of the party said that the party find its very disturbing that the APC leadership made up of elderly persons who ordinary should have a sense of self-respect and decorum, could condescend so low and resort to the use of uncouth language against the office and person of the president out of sheer frustration, bitterness and envy.
“They have continued to show themselves as extremely unpatriotic elements blinded by narrow pursuit of power for very ignoble reasons for which they have contracted foreigners to undermine the government of their own nation using negative paid write-ups and advertorials to dish out lies and vituperations against the federal government.
“Having realised that they shall never be elected into the presidency, these ill-bred and uncultured elements are now using every means to denigrate and desecrate the presidency, bring it to public ridicule, poison the minds of the people and incite them against the government and set the ground for confusion and mayhem ahead of the 2015 elections.
“In constantly criticising every strategy adopted by the President in the war against terrorism, the APC has not only confirmed its preference for insurgency but also exposed its underlining design to distract the government and frustrate the over-all anti-terrorism efforts.
“We therefore invite Nigerians to note that the APC remains a party which has nothing to offer than to attack well-meaning individuals and institutions of governments and sowing seeds of discord among peace loving people in our country. Theirs is clearly a question of the evil drummer who drums under the cover of the bush only to jump unto the footpath and mount enquiry regarding where the drumbeats came from.
“Let it be known to the APC that power belongs only to God and that those who denigrate and disrespect authority at any level will never be entrusted with it. In constantly insulting the president, the APC has shown that they will remain in opposition as no Nigerian will entrust ill-mannered and disrespectful persons with the leadership of our great country.
“The APC must realise that they have started irritating Nigerians. As a ruling party, we charge them to show maturity and shed their penchant for lies, deceit and unnecessary attacks on well meaning individual, government officials and institutions.
“On our own part, we remain committed to the national interest and the welfare of all our people. We stand solidly behind President Goodluck Jonathan as he vigorously pursues his Transformation Agenda as well as his untiring effort in the fight against terrorism in the country. We also commend Nigerians for uniting against insurgency despite efforts by the APC to misdirect their energies for political reasons,” the statement said.