APC Condemns Inciting Statements

For supporters of President Goodluck Jonathan, there is no law, police nor Department of State Security, DSS, Lai Mohammed, national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC has said.

Mohammed stated that a support for the President’s second term bid is a licence to lawlessness and irresponsibility.

“For supporters of President Jonathan, there is no law, there is no police, there is no DSS. Their support for the President is a licence for lawlessness and irresponsibility, and if at all there is any law, they remain far above such law. That is why they could dare the entire nation by issuing such treasonable comments and get away with their action,” Mohammed stated in a statement issued on Sunday in Lagos State.

The spokesman particularly reacted to the statement by ex-Niger Delta militants threatening to throw the country into turmoil if President Jonathan does not win the February 14 presidential election.

Mohammed said the nation’s security agencies have been skewed in favour of some people while others are being vilified.

The APC spokesman said while the security agencies reacted with uncontrollable outburst to the harmless comments by Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State they have been obviously silent when the ex-militants threatened to cause crisis if Jonathan fails at the polls.

”When Governor Amaechi said soldiers had the right to protest if their welfare was not taken care of, the DSS was at its most efficient level, with its voluble spokesperson threatening fire and brimstone and only stopping short of arresting the Governor despite his immunity.

”When the same Gov. Amaechi said the APC will form a parallel government if the February 14th and 28th elections are rigged, the same DSS and the police sought to outdo one another with threats and condemnation of what they called ‘inciting comments, even when Gov. Amaechi’s warning was conditional.

”Now, the ex-militants have said President Jonathan must be re-elected or they will unleash violence on the country. In other words, it is immaterial whether or not he loses in a free and fair elections. There is no clearer indication of impunity than the action of the ex-militants, who issued their threats in the Bayelsa government house, with the Governor of the state in attendance.

”More than a week later, the DSS has been missing in action while the police, in what can pass as a most shocking reaction, said they are still studying the ex-militants’ comments. Even after former Defence Minister Gen.Theophilus Danjuma called for the arrest of the ex-militants for their treasonable threats, and the ex-militants had the audacity to repeat the threats, the police still continued to ‘study’ the threats. This is simply unbelievable,” Mohammed stated.

Bemoaning what he termed conspiracy of inaction by the DSS and the police under the Jonathan administration, Mohammed, “On our part, the fact that the DSS and the police, both of which have issued their last warnings against those making inciting comments, have failed to move against the war-mongering ex-militants is a confirmation of what we have always believed: that national institutions have been deployed in the pursuit of partisan, rather than national interests under the administration of President Jonathan,” he added.

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