Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu,
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Niger State has berated the opposition political parties in the state over their persistent criticism on Governor Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu, and his administration, describing the parties as indolent and frustrated.
In statement signed by the state PDP Publicity Secretary, Hon. Hassan Mohammed Saba, an made available to THISDAY in Minna yesterday, the party described the allegation of impropriety in key projects initiated by the Aliyu administration as idle-talk that could only emanate from a warped mind.
The statement read: “That time has come for the Congress for Progress Change (CPC), Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) to be told to their faces that the party would not sit back and watch them rubbish the Aliyu-led PDP government.”
Saba said the accusation of disregard for due process in the execution of its projects has been severally addressed by both 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 was being recycled.
The party said such, “a cheap blackmail can only come from a lazy opposition, emphasising that through the unwarranted and inscrutable allegations, the opposition parties in the state are merely trying to overheat the polity and to give the impression that all is not well in the state.”
“While we agree that government at all levels should be criticised 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 statement said.
The party said while it does not intend to abridge the right of the opposition to criticise government activities, it cautioned that blackmailing the government, is not in any way synonymous with constructive criticism.