By Daniel Edu
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has made serious allegations against President Bola Tinubu and the All Progressives Congress (APC), claiming that they are conspiring to push Nigeria into an unnecessary conflict.
According to the PDP, Tinubu’s actions are driven by a desperate attempt to maintain his grip on power by engaging in a confrontation with a neighboring nation. The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Hon. Debo Ologunagba, raised these accusations on Sunday.
The opposition party maintains that the current situation in Niger Republic does not pose any threat to Nigeria’s national interests, and thus, there is no justification for involving the military in a war.
The PDP expresses concerns that Tinubu’s alleged eagerness to initiate hostilities has already created tension within Nigeria. The party argues that Tinubu’s intent might be to deploy military forces to Niger, potentially leading to a declaration of a state of emergency in Nigeria, thereby disrupting the judicial processes related to the 2023 elections.
The PDP’s statement reads, “The PDP strongly condemns what it called ‘the desperation by Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the All Progressives Congress (APC)’ to plunge Nigeria into a state of war by dragging our military into a needless conflict with Niger Republic.”
“The PDP observes that the insistence by the APC administration to draft Nigerian soldiers into Niger Republic in defiance to the disapproval by the National Assembly and Nigerians across the board, validates apprehensions in the public domain of ulterior motives by the Tinubu-led APC to import a crisis and destabilize our nation for political reasons.”
“While the PDP frowns at unconstitutional changes of government in any part of the world, our Party holds that the situation in Niger Republic does not warrant any external peace-keeping effort and does not constitute any threats whatsoever to our national interest to justify committing our already overstretched military to harm’s way in a needless war.”
“The insistence of the APC government to go to war in Niger Republic is already heightening tension in Nigeria.”
“There are insinuations in the public that the APC is only desperate to deploy the Nigerian military to Niger Republic so as to provoke possible external aggression from that country, thereby orchestrating a situation for the declaration of a State of Emergency in Nigeria with the tendency to cripple the judicial process of the 2023 Presidential election and divert attention from the hardship the APC has foisted on the nation in the last two months.”
“It is apparent that the APC is desperate to orchestrate a situation of ‘imminent danger of invasion or involvement in a state of war’ so as to have the excuse to declare a State of Emergency under Section 305 (3) (a) and (b) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).”