by James Sambo
The National leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has denied bribing some Christian leaders with N6bn to help facilitate the re-election of President Goodluck Jonathan.
The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, spoke at a press briefing in Abuja on Wednesday, February 4, describing as a “sin before God”, the allegations made by the River state governor, Rotimi Amaechi.
Amaechi, who is also the Governor of Rivers State, had accused the ruling party of giving the bribe to a group of clergymen.
Metuh said: “Pastors are revered people and to bring their character into disrepute is a sin before God. We do not think anybody, not to talk of somebody who is a Christian, can make such statement.”
“We challenge the Director General of APC to name such pastors and where the money is coming from. This attack is capable of bringing Christians and Muslims into a major disagreement and major dispute. If truly the person who issued this statement is a Catholic as he said, we are asking him to go for confession.”
Speaking further, Metuh accused the Independent National Electoral Commission of being in league with the APC to not grant non-indigenes in Lagos State permanent voter cards.
Metuh said: “This has never happened before but we don’t know why the APC are doing such; maybe because we have credible presidential candidate. We have the records and we are asking the non-indigines involved that if by Friday, INEC still do not give them their PVCs, we will take decisive action.”
“We know that 90 percent of these non-indigenes are supporters of PDP. This is part of the APC Janjaweed ideology to truncate democracy in this country. The APC have been saying they were on top of the election, but now that it is obvious that PDP is on top, that President Goodluck Jonathan will win the election, they have resorted to causing mayhem.”