Vanguard (Lagos)

10 August 2012

Nigeria: PDP Refutes Being Responsible for Crisis in Opposition Parties

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that it cannot be held responsible for the inability of opposition political parties to discipline their members and to peacefully organise activities.

The National Publicity Secretary, Mr Olise Metuh, made this known in a statement he issued in Abuja. The statement was in reaction to the Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) allegation that the PDP was responsible for the crisis in most opposition parties.

"Our attention has been drawn to a statement by the CNPP blaming the PDP for the intractable crisis in some political parties.

"To set the records straight, we wish to state that the PDP cannot be held responsible for the inability of any group to discipline its members and peacefully organise itself.

"We shall not be distracted by such claims as we are determined more than ever before to broaden our support base and provide the political muscle for the success of President Goodluck Jonathan's transformation agenda.

"While we welcome the concept of a virile and strong opposition in a democracy, we wish to state that we do not exist to solve the self inflicted problems of our opponents," the statement said.

It urged the CNPP to look elsewhere in its search for the reasons of its travails and to refrain from unnecessary name calling.(NAN)

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