Opposition PDP Says The Threat By APC To Sanction Legislators For Electing Their Choice In Last Tuesday’s NASS Leadership Election Constitutes A Threat To Democracy
Patrick Osadebamwen, Abuja
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the threat by the All Progressives Congress (APC), to penalize newly elected leadership of the National Assembly as a dangerous path in the new political arrangement.
Although the PDP dismissed the threats as empty boasts aimed to cover its naivety, inexperience and unpreparedness for governance, the party also admonished APC to shed its arrogance, eat the humble pie and get more organized for governance. PDP maintained that the ruling party lacks the capacity, capability and means to sanction duly elected leaders of the National Assembly in a democracy especially as the legislature enjoys independence.
PDP’s National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, who said this in a statement on Wednesday noted that such path by the new party in power confirms PDP’s position that the APC was not ready for power but sought it only for the fun of it. “This calls to question the capacity, experience and skills of APC leaders on political matters and we have no apology whatsoever for their naivety”, he said.
The party insists that events would continue to prove the PDP right in this regard. “Nothing can be more astonishing than the whining by the APC that the PDP, at the last minute, expressed its preference for Senator Bukola Saraki and Hon. Yakubu Dogara as Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives respectively after it had earlier stated that it was not interested in the positions. “The APC is merely suffering the consequences of the greed, lust for power and inordinate ambitions of their leaders.
They should note that Nigerians have since moved ahead with the new leaders in the National Assembly and stop wasting their energy on propaganda and blackmails to heat up the polity”, he said. The PDP further condemned Tuesday’s botched attempts by the APC to close the National Assembly and stop lawmakers from carrying out their constitutional duties, as well as the threats to the newly elected leaders as “totally against the tenets of democracy, the principles of separation of powers and independence of the legislature as enshrined in the constitution”.
“Indeed, APC’s disdain for democratic norms, the rule of law and the sanctity of the legislature, coupled with its excessive thirst for power portends grave threat to our survival as a nation and calls for serious concern among Nigerians and all lovers of democracy and freedom world over”, the statement said.
The party however reaffirmed its determination to continue to work with like minds from other political parties, especially in the National Assembly, to ensure that values of democracy and good governance it had already entrenched in the polity are not eroded by the APC.