Niger State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has blasted opposition parties in the state over their persistent criticisms of Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu’s led government, describing the parties as indolent and frustrated.
The reaction of PDP was not unconnected to the petition jointly submitted to the state House Assembly by Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and All Nigerian People Party (ANPP) over alleged mis-governance by Governor Aliyu.
State PDP publicity secretary, Hassan Mohammed Saba in a statement, said time has come for CPC, ACN and ANPP to be told to their faces that the party would not sit back and watch them rubbish the Governor Aliyu led PDP government.
He said, “The accusation of disregard for due process in the execution of its projects has been severally addressed by both Governor Aliyu’s media handlers and the State House of Assembly which threw out a similar petition sometime last year and wondered why the same issues are being recycled”.
The PDP said such “a cheap blackmail” could only come from a lazy opposition, saying the opposition parties in the state are merely trying to overheat the polity by giving the impression that all is not well in the state.
“While we agree that government at all levels should be criticized constructively, we must say that political parties like CPC,ACN and ANPP lack moral rights to turn themselves into perpetual critics of every action of the state government.
“The party does not intend to abridge the right of the opposition to criticize government activities, but blackmailing the government, is not in any way synonymous with constructive criticism,” it stated.