You are blood thirsty, PDP tells Buhari
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in the 2011 elections, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, as a blood thirsty politician who relishes in bloodshed.
The PDP was reacting to a prediction by Buhari that there would be a bloody revolution if the ruling party attempts to rig the 2005 general election like it did in 2011. PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, at a news conference yesterday in Abuja, accused Buhari of incitement.
He said Buhari was “inciting Nigerians to slaughter fellow Nigerians as he did sequel to the 2011 general elections”.
Metuh said while the PDP cherishes freedom of speech, assembly and association, such freedom, he noted, goes with immense responsibilities.
“We condemn in no uncertain terms this shameful call for the spill of blood of innocent Nigerians to acquire political power.
“We need to remind ourselves that on April 21, 2012, Buhari was reported in the media as predicting a bloody revolution in 2015. The reports in the national dailies today (yesterday) quoting the same retired General as repeating that blood will flow in 2015 is another build-up to Buhari’s relish of funeral train.
“It is unfortunate that at this time of grave security challenge while Nigerians are burying their dead and counting their losses, Gen. Buhari, who wants to rule them, is further inflaming the orgy of violence. What a blood thirsty leader in Buhari”
The ruling party said what Nigeria needs right now is ‘evolution’ in the true spirit of democracy, stressing that Buhari’s utterances were undemocratic, unpatriotic and un-statesmanlike.
“It is on record that Nigeria is yet to recover from the huge losses it suffered due to such reckless and provocative remarks by Buhari before the 2011 general elections which led to a spate of bloody post-election violence across six states of the federation.
“Why is the blood of innocent Nigerians the only thing sufficient to quench his thirst for power,?” the PDP asked.
Metuh said the 22-man panel of enquiry led by Sheikh Ahmed Lemu confirmed that Buhari’s provocative remarks played a significant role in the post-election 2011 bloody violence that led to the death of at least 200 people with about 40,000 displaced while thousands were injured.
“The panel categorically stated that Buhari’s pre-election utterances were misconstrued by his supporters to engage in the condemnable mayhem that greeted the aftermath of the presidential elections.
“Buhari never apologised to the nation or to the families of the victims. Today, Buhari is again engaged in another build-up of massive bloodletting and destruction.
“Nigerians should be worried over Buhari’s quest for power by all means as he begins chanting his old war song once again. We have no doubt that Buhari is suffering from combat withdrawal syndrome.
“We, therefore, urge the Federal Government to allow him to lead the ECOWAS military contingent to Mali or Guinea Bissau to enable him an opportunity to exorcise the bloodletting demons apparently haunting him.”
On the allegation of corruption levelled against the PDP by Buhari, the party challenged him to prove to Nigerians that only PDP members were corrupt.