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Why We'll Continue To Caution APC Leaders - PDP

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA, April 22, (THEWILL) â€' The ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said on Tuesday that it will continue to caution All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders against making utterances that fuel violence and motivate insurgency in the country.

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, who stated this in a statement however noted that press statements from the ruling party exposing the negative consequences of unguided utterances by politicians have succeeded in sobering some APC leaders.

'As a responsible party, the PDP has made its point on the utterances, comments and statements by politicians which tend to influence and/or instigate people to violence and we believe that our statements have made APC and some of their leaders more responsive to their collective duty of verbal restraint.

'However, we still decry attempts by the APC to seek cheap publicity by making classless, childish, immature and ineffective statements on terrorism matters. Sometimes they even speak as if they control their actions,' the statement said.

The PDP also condemned Adamawa State Governor Murtala Nyako's letter to the governors of the 19 Northern states, saying it is shocking thatsuch came from an elected person. It said Governor Nyako should learn from other APC leaders who have started guiding their utterances.

'Governor Nyako must desist from such and learn from other APC leaders who are now comporting themselves better as a response to PDP statements which succeeded in exposing the link between their unguarded utterances and escalation of violence and insurgency in our nation,' the party said.

The PDP also charged all political figures across board to guide against making violence-instigating statements even as it implored President Goodluck Jonathan and the 36 state governors to come up with a strong resolution to stop the trend.

The party also called on all Nigerians, especially respectable politicians to continue to unite against terrorism and all forms of tendencies that promote violence and divide rather than unite the nation.

'Our resolve is to join hands with responsible, respectable and patriotic Nigerians to highlight and promote our desire to live together in a strong, peaceful and united Nigeria. Our enemies are at the gate, but together we will keep them out as we continually watch our comments and utterances', the statement said.