People hid­ing un­der in­sur­gency to kill – Ak­pabio

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Ab­dul­lahi Anako, Duste

Chair­man of the PDP Gov­er­nors Fo­rum and Gover­nor of Akwa-Ibom State, God­swill Ak­pabio, yes­ter­day said some people are hid­ing un­der the in­sur­gency in the North to kill per­ceived en­e­mies in or­der to set­tle scores.

Ak­pabio spoke when he led 13 PDP gov­er­nors and four deputy gov­er­nors on a cour­tesy visit to Gover­nor Sule Lamido of Ji­gawa State, the host of the PDP gov­er­nors’ meet­ing at Govern­ment House in Duste. Ak­pabio told the gath­er­ing that it is im­por­tant for lead­ers in the North to stand up against the in­sur­gency be­cause some people are hid­ing un­der it cause mayhem.

“I just held a me­mo­rial ser­vice for some vic­tims of the civil war in Ak­waIbom re­cently. What ac­tu­ally hap­pened was that dur­ing the civil war, some people cor­nered the soldiers de­ployed to our area and used them as cover to kill sen­a­tors, parliamentarians, politi­cians, teach­ers and other people they per­ceived as en­e­mies. They went from house to house killing people and in some in­stances drag­ging dead bod­ies on the streets in front of fam­i­lies of vic­tims. We must stand up and en­sure that peace is reigned at all costs. Those who have not wit­nessed war don’t know its ef­fect. I was a kid and I suf­fered Kwash­iokor dur­ing the war”, he said.

He noted that the PDP is the only na­tional party that has the spread and reach to res­cue Nigeria, adding other po­lit­i­cal par­ties who re­lied on in­di­vid­u­als don’t have the ca­pac­ity to bring peace and de­vel­op­ment to Nigeria.

The fo­rum chair­man com­mended Lamido for the trans­for­ma­tion in Ji­gawa, adding that the op­po­si­tion thrived on pro­pa­ganda while the PDP states deliver democ­racy div­i­dends.

Gover­nor Lamido ear­lier in his wel­come ad­dress said there is no al­ter­na­tive to the PDP, adding that most mem­bers of the op­po­si­tion are prod­ucts of the PDP and as such can’t abuse the party. He said the PDP must sit up and put its house in or­der be­cause a good PDP means a good Nigeria and a bad PDP means a bad Nigeria.

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