By TAIWO AMODU, Abuja
… Says, you’re twisting facts
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the All Progressives Congress (APC) to reveal all the facts as presented by the Australian negotiator, Dr. Stephen Davis, hired by the Federal Government to negotiate with Boko Haram for the release of the abducted Chibok schoolgirls.
Addressing newsmen on Tuesday on the heels of Dr. Davis’ alleged startling revelation that former Borno State governor, Ali Modu Sheriff and former army chief, General Azubuike Ihejirika were sponsors of the Boko Haram terror group, the National Chairman of the APC, John Odigie-Oyegun had demanded that the alleged culprits be handed over to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for investigation and prosecution.
But the National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Olisa Metuh, accused the APC of twisting the claims and observations of Davis to achieve political gains.
The statement by Metuh read in part: “Oyegun’s statement rather than exonerate the APC has reinforced and underscored its true identity as a party of desperate politicians supportive of violence and disunity through their utterances and body language, a fact that is already well-known to all Nigerians.
“In trying to stand the truth on its head, Oyegun has succeeded in further exposing the desperation of the APC to launder its image through renewed propaganda and blackmail, a project which has already failed.
“If not to achieve the self-serving purpose of exonerating the APC, why would Oyegun’s statement choose to be silent on the revelation by Davis that some people opposed to President Goodluck Jonathan used their connections to Boko Haram to frustrate his efforts? We also wonder why the APC has chosen to ignore some of the revealing aspects of Dr. Davis’ interview concerning Boko Haram’s funding and sponsorship. Is it because they are not favourable to them? While not holding brief for anybody, it is clear to every discerning mind that Oyegun’s statement, with (sic) all intents and purposes, is yet another decoy to frustrate genuine effort at finding solution to the security challenges we face as a nation to the advantage of the APC whose penchant to use the promotion of violence as tool to achieve political control is well known to all.
“Nigerians may recall the frenzy with which the APC fought against moves by the British parliament to investigate its involvement with terrorist elements as well as to divert attention from their meetings outside the shores of our country in their bid to promote insurgency.” in Nigeria.
By TAIWO AMODU, Abuja