The All Progressives Congress, APC has termed comments credited to Edwin Clark, that if the opposition has its way it can poison or kill President Goodluck Jonathan just to take power, as absurd, incendiary and unbecoming of an elder statesman of his stature. In a statement issued in Lagos on Monday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party said Clark’s comment, which was widely reported by newspapers, is the latest in a string of statements by Jonathan’s supporters that are overheating the polity ahead of the 2015 general elections and are even threatening the peace and unity of the country.
‘‘It is time for the President himself to call his supporters to order for the sake of peace and unity of our dear nation. They have been threatening fire and brimstone if the President is not re-elected in 2015, as if elections are won by threats. One has even gone as far as saying there will be blood on the streets if the President is not re-elected,” it said.
APC said in making his dangerous comment, Clark probably mistook the party for the PDP, which has been described as the nest of killers. ‘‘Our party has never and will never contemplate killing or poisoning President Jonathan just to take power, as Clark carelessly said. We are neither a violent nor an anarchic party. We do not seek power by any means other than through the ballot box. Therefore we reject, totally, the statement by Clark. We remind Clark that since Jonathan was voted into office by Nigerians, they also reserve the right to vote him out of office. This is the way it is done in every true democracy, and heavens will not fall if Jonathan is not re-elected in 2015. His supporters should put their emotions in check and stop making comments that are downright treasonable,” the party said. It said it is a mark of the gross partisanship of the security agencies that they have turned a blind eye to all the incendiary comments being made by the President’s men,” the APC alleged.