PDP Criticises Northern Elders Over Ultimatum To Jonathan
The Rivers State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lashed out at the Northern Elders Forum (NEF) over the October ultimatum given to President Goodluck Jonathan to secure the release of the over 200 schoolgirls held hostage by Boko Haram.
The party through a statement signed by Jerry Needam, Special Adviser on Media to the State Chairman, Felix Obuah, said NEF’s alleged threat to the President to “forget the 2015 election unless the girls are released” smacked of conspiracy and grand plot to thwart the nation’s nascent democracy, using the security challenge in the country as a “camouflage.”
The PDP insisted that neither President Goodluck Jonathan nor the party were responsible for the Boko Haram insurgency.
While joining hands to pray for the early and safe release of the girls, the PDP said the Northern Elders should make concerted efforts to complement those of the federal government in not only getting the detained girls released but also putting the entire Boko Haram menace to an end.
“Peaceful and conducive atmosphere remains the best for all and for any meaningful development and should be the prayer of all because neither party, nor tribe, nor group can survive under convulsive environment,” the PDP noted.