NATIONAL leadership of the Peoples Democratic
Party, PDP said yesterday that it would support
President Muham-madu Buhari if he fails to achieve
the set deadline to end insurgency in the North East
which has remained a major security challenge
confronting the country, rather than criticize the All
Progressives Congress, APC led government.
Speaking yesterday in Abuja when he received a
youth group under the aegis of Northern Youth
Network at the party national secretariat, PDP
National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh said:
“APC had promised that they were going to end
insurgency in two weeks, they later said it will be over
in two months and after that they now gave
December 31 deadline to end Boko Haram.
“Now, in spite of the language it is couched in shifting
the goal posts, and despite all the infractions and all
kinds of destructive criticisms APC rained on us
when they were in opposition, the PDP as a national
party will refrain from making comments on issues
on the inadequacies pertaining to the war against
insurgency in the country.
“For us in the PDP, we remain completely in support
of the federal government in the war to eradicate
insurgency in our land and we enjoin all Nigerians to
support President Muhammadu Buhari in the war
against terror. The war by the terror group is not
against the President, it is not against the APC neither
is it against the PDP. It is rather a war being waged
against Nigerians and the countrymen should stand
as a united force with our President to fight and
defeat the insurgents.
“If we do this we will be fighting for a common good.
We would sent a message to those that seek to divide
us that we are indivisible and that Nigeria is truly one
country and that we want to remain so. We have
decided not to discuss things pertaining to the war
against insurgency and we will stand by the President
as the leader of country.
“But in doing so we will not hesitate or shy away from
making our views known on other areas we feel that
the government is not doing well. We will not be
intimidated nor harassed into abandoning our role
as the leading opposition party. We will remain a
viable and vocal voice of the opposition and we will
remain focused in our constructive criticism against
the government of the day.”
Earlier, while explaining their mission, the leader of
the Northern Youth Network, Mike Suswan, said they
have come to show appreciation for the efforts being
made by the PDP to give the opposition a strong
voice under the present dispensation.