PDP claims insurgency being sponsored
konknaijaboy | On 19, Mar 2014
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday alleged that the insurgency in the northern part of the country is being sponsored to discredit President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration.
This is contained in a statement issued in Abuja by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr Olisa Metuh.
It said that the tactics was to distract the Jonathan from his Transformation Agenda and portray him as a non-performing president.
The essence was to “finally ridicule his score card when time reckons”.
“When we studied the trend of the spate of insurgency and sectarian violence in the country, the PDP submitted that these acts of terrorism were being sponsored by unpatriotic elements.
“Their aim to our study was to discredit the person, office and administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.”
The statement further declared that it was clear that President Jonathan was being persecuted for being a Nigerian from the minority.
It argued that no leader in the history of the country had faced the height of persecution that the president has been subjected to since he assumed office.
“Ironically, this is in spite of his humility and his fidelity to the orthodoxy of all democratic norms and values.
“This is in spite of his proven commitment to the unity and progress of every part of Nigeria, irrespective of tribe and religion.
“Ironically, this is in spite of his proven competence and record delivery of his electoral promises.”
The statement commended President Jonathan for effectively containing the insurgency and beating down distractions and detractions.
The statement also applauded the president for his unprecedented landmark achievements in all sectors of the economy since he assumed office.
It listed the achievements to include “the revolutionary” excels in the works sector with the dualisation and rehabilitation of major trunk roads across the country.
This, it noted, was in addition to the repair of the third mainland bridge and the commencement of works on the Second Niger Bridge in Lagos and Anambra states respectively.
It also listed the resuscitation of the inland waterways and railway system abandoned for years and the establishment of Almajiri education system and nine new federal universities across the country.
Others include the completion and inauguration of key power stations across the country and the revolution in the housing sector, with establishment of the Nigeria Mortgage Refinance Company (NMRC).
This, the statement noted was the first of its kind in the country, tailored to deliver 75,000 houses yearly for Nigerians, in addition to creating one million direct and indirect jobs.
This, it said, was in addition to the investments in job creation through the YouWin and SURE-P projects.
It also listed the widening of the PDP ideology of transferring wealth from public institutions to the private sector as part of the his achievements.
The statement also noted the Agricultural Transformation Agenda through which six million farmers have received inputs as an achievement of the administration.
The programme, it added, was targeted at increasing domestic food production by an additional 20 million tonnes and creating 3.5 million jobs before the end of 2015.
The statement therefore called on all well meaning Nigerians to resist those behind the sectarian violence and insurgency in the country.
It also charged Nigerians to shore up support for President Jonathan in his efforts to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people.