The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has expressed alarm over the abduction of school children from the Government Science Secondary School, Kagara, Niger State and chided the All Progressives Congress, APC on the security situation in the country. Besides, the PDP has dared APC to reveal its ties with the bandits who it alleged were imported by the ruling party to rig the 2019 election.
The PDP in a statement said it was lamentable that the APC has shown more concern trying to lure members into its fold through the membership registration exercise than putting the correct efforts in checking banditry.
The PDP in a statement issued by National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbodinyan said:
“The PDP describes as revealing that while the people of Niger state and Nigerians in other states were under attack by bandits, APC leaders, including those in Niger state, were busy pursuing their party’s phony membership re-registration exercise, instead of rallying security and rescue efforts for the people.
“The lethargic stance of the APC administration towards the fight against banditry further validates reports in the public space that the bandits are connected to the APC and enjoying cover under the ruling party.
“This probably explains why the APC never raised a strong voice against what has become a national calamity. Instead APC leaders are patronizing the bandits and making excuses for them.
Daring the APC to reveal its ties with the bandits, the opposition party said:
“The public space is awash with reports that many of these bandits terrorizing Nigerians were political mercenaries brought in by the APC from neighboring countries to help it enforce the rigging of the 2019 elections, but which the APC and its leaders failed to settle after the elections, leaving them to unleash their frustrations on innocent Nigerians.
“Our party charges the APC to speak out on these reports and take immediate steps to settle their political mercenaries, return them to wherever they brought them from and bring an end to this gruesome attacks on Nigerians.
“While commiserating with the victims of the Niger attacks, the PDP tasks the security forces to go after the bandits as well as rescue the Kagara school children before any harm comes upon them.
Besides its challenge to the APC to reveal its ties with the bandits, the PDP “further urges Nigerians to remain vigilant and wary of the APC and its activities. It also calls on patriotic Nigerians to continue in rallying around the opportunities created by democracy in the effort to rescue our nation from misrule and ensure lasting security for our country.”