The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties has dismissed claims by the Peoples Democratic Party that the All Progressives Congress was planning to make Nigeria a one-party state.
The Rivers State CNPP chairman, Dr. Menaigbi Dagogo-Jack, explained that the APC had never given the impression that it was interested in making Nigeria a one-party country.
Dagogo-Jack, who spoke with Saturday PUNCH in a telephone interview, cautioned that the PDP’s level of opposition to the incoming government at the centre must be within the confines of the law.
Dagogo-Jack maintained that rather than try to pull down the incoming government, the opposition party should support it for Nigeria’s speedy development.
“We in CNPP do not think that the APC is planning to make Nigeria a one-party state. Opposition does not mean that you should throw stones at those in power. What the PDP should do is to support the Buhari administration.
“The PDP must criticise within the confines of the law. Many of us have played opposition and we were mindful of what we said and that is why we have never been arrested. We ensured that when we criticised, we did it for the national interest,” he added.
Dagogo-Jack, however, urged the President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) to forgive his detractors, maintaining that some of Buhari’s critics knew that the Katsina-born politician was the best candidate for the post of the President.
On the sacking of the former Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Suleiman Abba, the state CNPP chairman expressed shock over the development.
Dagogo-Jack stated that it was more surprising to note that Abba was relieved of his job by President Goodluck Jonathan after he (Abba) supported the Peoples Democratic Party in the just concluded election.
He recalled that thugs hired by politicians snatched ballot boxes and engaged in other forms of election malpractices in the just concluded polls while the police looked the other way.
Dagogo-Jack criticised the decision of the President to sack Abba, reasoning that the new Acting Inspector-General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, may spend only two months in the office before leaving the position.
He explained that if the allegation that the former police boss was at the presentation of certificate of return to Buhari was true, such action should have been weighed against what he (Abba) did for the PDP during the elections.
“It is shocking that the Federal Government sacked Suleiman Abba as the IGP. It is more shocking because the Federal Government did not tell Nigerians the reason for his (Abba) removal. It is surprising that the former IGP who openly supported the PDP during the elections was sacked by those he did a favour.
“But if you look at the issue the other way round, you would realise that his (Abba) current travail is payment for what he did during the 2015 elections. The police openly did unruly things during the elections and nothing happened,” Dagogo-Jack said.
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