The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Wednesday, challenged the main opposition, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its leadership to explain to Nigerians and the world their relationship with the disbanded Movement for the Emancipation of the Niger Delta (MEND).
The party, in a statement made available to news men in Abuja, on Wednesday, by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, said while the onus laid on the APC to choose those to work with in their quest for power, “the explanation has become necessary, following the unsavoury public reactions and concerns trailing the statement by MEND backing the party’s presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari.
According to the PDP, “what exactly does APC have in common with MEND? Why do they want to resurrect it? Nigerians want to know. Are we also expecting a similar statement from insurgents in the North, which initially named General Buhari to lead the dialogue between them and the Federal Government?”
“Nigerians are, indeed, worried by these developments. We, therefore, urge the APC to come out clean and explain to the citizens what they have in common with these groups, especially given the statement by their standard-bearer, after the 2011 elections, that the ‘‘dogs and baboons will all be soaked in blood,” the party stated.
The outlawed association had, on Tuesday, declared its members’ total support for Buhari ahead February’s presidential election.