*Denies being an Islamic party
The All Progressives Congress, APC, has flayed what it described as the continuing erosion of the rule of law in Rivers State, saying it was a case of a president fomenting crisis in his own country.
The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, at a press briefing in Lagos, yesterday, equally chided the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for making efforts to portray the APC as an Islamic party.
Noting what he described as recent agitations in the party on the harmonisation of party positions in the interim state executives, the party also, yesterday, charged the faithful to emulate the sacrifices of some of its leaders like General Muhammadu Buhari and Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in their aspiration for party positions.
Mohammed at the press conference also flayed the administration’s conducts on corruption, citing the example of Aviation Minister, Stella Oduah as an example, even as he dismissed what he described as the government’s exaggerated opinion of its achievements.
Noting the violent turn in the crisis in Rivers State with the shooting of Senator Magnus Abe, on Sunday, the APC spokesman said: “When we raised the alarm that the Rivers Crisis is all about 2015 and that it was about to get worse, some people said we were crying wolf where there is none.
“Now, the situation has so deteriorated to a level in which even a Senator can be shot by the police.
“What does this say about the role of the police, who are supposed to be neutral? Have we in the APC not been vindicated in our description of Rivers Police Commissioner, Mbu Joseph Mbu as the Alternate IGP who takes orders only from the President….and perhaps the First Lady?
“The Rivers crisis is getting worse under the watch of the President, and he continues as if nothing is happening. Is it not clear, then, that this is a clear case of an elected President fomenting crisis in his own country just for political reasons?
“A President who says his ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian has done nothing while those trying to impress him in Rivers are shedding the blood of innocent people.”
On the administration’s attitude towards corruption, he said: “No administration is as embracing of corruption as the Jonathan administration. The President’s body language encourages corruption. Even his party member, Speaker of the House of Reps, said so. This President shields corrupt people.”
Noting the crisis in the party over the constitution of state interim executives, Mohammed said: “This is nothing but a storm in a tea cup. It is exaggerated by those who cannot understand the run-away acceptability of the party in such a short time.
“The so-called crisis is nothing beyond the ability of our leadership to resolve, and we are doing just that. Nigerians should ignore those who are trying to orchestrate a crisis where there is none.”