The Catholic Bishop of Yola Diocese, Dr. Stephen Mamza, has advised President-elect Muhammadu Buhari not to consider for political appointment, anyone less than three years in the All Progressives Congress (APC), noting that members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that recently decamped to APC would derail the government.
The clergy, who made the charge during a sermon at St. Augustine’s Catholic Church Bekaji, Yola, said those politicians leaving the PDP in droves for APC have shown to the world that they are only after what they can get not what they can give to the people.
“My special advice to the President-elect is that he should not give appointment to anyone that is less than three years in APC. This will help him to build a government that is based on the APC agenda, but if he makes the mistake of mixing his government with the PDP members who are in APC for appointments he would disappoint those that elected him.
“If these PDP members that are running to APC are principled people, and they love democracy, they will remain in PDP and rebrand the party for the next elections. But rushing to APC confirmed that they are only in politics for their selfish interest and not for the development of the country.
“I respect those PDP members that are still in PDP, they are the true democrat of this country”, he stated.
The bishop explained that the action of the PDP defectors confirmed that they betrayed their former party (PDP) during the recently concluded general election, which the party lost to the opposition APC.
Dr. Mamza, who cautioned the president-elect strongly against giving appointments to any of the PDP members that recently defected to APC, said that PDP members that are joining the incoming governing party pose a serious threat to the government of Buhari and that they are not coming to the party to help develop Buhari’s administration, but to sink the party in the same way they sunk President Goodluck Jonathan’s government.
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP
Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.
He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.
The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.
PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria
This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.
Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.
“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.
“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.
“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.
#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari
He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.
Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.
He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.
The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.
He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.
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