The Akwa Ibom State Chapter of Peoples Democratic Party has described as deceptive and insulting the allegation by the All Progressives Congress, APC that the Paramount Rulers in the State did not act within the realms of neutrality in issuing a statement asking for cessation of media hostilities over the outcome of the 2019 general election.
PDP in a statement by its Publicity Secretary, Comrade Ini Ememobong on Tuesday said that the APC recent publication was targeted at belittling the revered traditional rulers for mere demanding a cessation of what he described as virulent media attacks on the Governor.
The party stressed that the admonition by the traditional fathers was made in utmost good faith aimed at giving caution to the APC and their leaders from further sponsoring media campaigns against the Governor.
He insisted that the statement was not to dissuade the APC from continuing their legal battle rather it served as a caution against what the PDP described as baseless and unsubstantiated accusations against the Governor, INEC, Religious Leaders among others.
The PDP added ” The APC through their leadership has accused almost anybody and anything within sight as being instrumental to their electoral loss. These allegations, when heard, tend to reduce the intellectual standing of the average Akwa Ibom citizen in the estimation of rational people.”
The Party pointed out that the APC has forgotten that while on their campaign, they had conscripted some village and clan heads into their campaign trail.
The PDP wondered why the APC have forgotten that they had jubilantly posted videos and news of some paramount rulers who openly endorsed their candidates hence stressed that the APC action has reinforced their speculation that the APC leadership in the state is suffering from what he described as chronic selective amnesia.
The party added ” We apologize to our revered royal fathers for the unmerited insults hurled at them by people who strenuously tried to gain their support through financial inducements, devilish political horse trading and threats.
“Having played God and lost favour with men, they are irredeemably pained and have found comfort in spewing shameless lies and exhibiting irreverent behaviour. The Akwa Ibom public is well aware of their atrocious disposition and can therefore not take them seriously.”
The PDP advised that the traditional rulers who are custodians of customs, values and traditions must be respected since they have a right to intervene when situations arise that can bring disrepute to the corporate identity and threaten peaceful existence of the State.
Commenting on why the PDP chooses to respond to the allegation instead of the Traditional institution or government, the PDP spokesman offered insight to the fact that as a party, they have it as their objective to work hard to ensure rationality becomes the norm in a society governed by the administration they put in place.
The party pointed out that it is unthinkable for the traditional institution which is revered to exchange words with a political party which chooses to insult them.