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PDP Blasts Apc; Calls It A 'muslim Party' by Nnewi1stSon: 5:51pm On Jan 08, 2014
[b] Condemnation continued to trail the report that the All Progressives Congress (APC) interim National Working Committee (NWC) consists mainly of Muslims, with the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), describing the APC as a religious and ethnic political party that has no respect for Christians in the country. It further said the APC’s plot to use religion to balkanise Nigeria has been exposed.
The Secretary General of Religious Equity and Promotion Council (REPC), Tanko Garba and an Islamic cleric, Mr. Yusuf Garba, had queried the rationale why almost all the members of the party’s National Interim Executive Committee and their presidential aspirants were mainly Muslims, alleging that the intention may be to Islamise Nigeria like the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt. According to REPC and Mr. Yusuf Mamman, “It is not out of the ordinary that the executive Interim committee of APC are
Muslims. Does it mean that the APC would be the Nigeria version of the Egyptian Muslim Brotherhood Party? Check out this, party leader for the North is General Muhammadu Buhari is a Muslim; the party leader for South is Senator Bola Tinubu with other executive committee members are Muslims. Taunting APC in a statement signed yesterday, by its National
Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, the PDP said: “In this great party, considerations are not made based on religious, tribal
or ethnic interests. Here, there are neither Christians nor Muslims; Hausas nor Yorubas; Fulanis nor Ijaws; Igalas nor Igbos and so on. The PDP remains a large family with enough room to accommodate all opinions and interests without compromising the national interest.” The PDP, which described APC as a religious party with the intention to balkanise Nigeria along religious line, further called on Nigerians to stand up and resist the evil machination by the APC, which it called, ‘enemies of our dear country’. The party stated that the revelation which came even from Muslims had vindicated the PDP and subsequently, confirmed its earlier stand that the APC was a party of bloodthirsty, religious and ethnic bigots averse to the unity of the country and the peaceful co-existence of our people. According to PDP, this revelation, “explains the reason the APC has been promoting violence, divisions and blood- letting across the country; which are all aimed at making the people lose faith in the Nigerian project; set the ground for massive mayhem, bloodletting and ultimately balkanise our country. “Nigerians are now no longer at loss on the real reason the APC has been desperate to hold power. They now know why they have been moving round the country organising protests and investing heavily in planting seeds of discord and disagreements among the people using their stock-in- trade of propaganda, deceit, falsehood and doomsday prophesies. “This revelation also explains why they have been arming thugs to disrupt electoral processes. A case in point being the importation of hundreds of armed thugs to disrupt the Anambra State governorship election last December. But for the police which arrested some of the thugs, the APC would have unleashed mayhem on the state and use it as a test for its larger plan in the 2015 general elections.” The statement added: “We are happy that Nigerians are no fools. Genuine Muslims know that Islam stands for peace. Therefore, any attempt to use religion to divide the country must be resisted. We thank all Nigerians, especially true Muslims for exposing and rejecting the APC and its devilish plot. Now that their plot has been exposed, we advice the APC to retrace their steps and purge themselves of their evil machinations. “It is our unshakable creed that Nigeria belongs to all Nigerians irrespective of religious, tribal, ethnic or regional affiliations. This country belongs to Muslims, Christians and citizens of other religious persuasions alike and our people are free to live and work in any part of the country and aspire for any office irrespective of religious or ethnic affiliations. “The PDP remains committed to the national unity as encapsulated in our manifesto and the ideals of our founding fathers and on that note will resist anything that seeks to balkanise our country and cause divisions among our people. The PDP is a party that is built on the principles of freedom, equality, justice and service. We, therefore, call on all Nigerians to stand up and defend the unity of our dear nation and resist attempts by the APC to destroy our common heritage as a people,” the statement said.


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