The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has stated that the insistence of President Bola Tinubu and the All Progressives Congress (APC)to go to war is already heightening tension in the country.
They stated that Tinubu was trying to desperately hold on to power by getting into a fracas with a brotherly nation.
The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Hon. Debo Ologunagba made the claim on Sunday.
The opposition insisted that the situation in the Niger Republic does not affect the national interest of Nigeria, hence there was no need to involve the military in war.
They lamented that Tinubu’s insistence to allegedly go to war has led to tension in Nigeria.
Speaking further, the opposition claimed that Tinubu was bent on deploying military personnel in Niger, so he can declare a state of emergency in the nation and subsequently cripple the judiciary process on the 2023 election.
He said the PDP strongly condemns what it called “the desperation by Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the All Progressives Congress (APC,) “ to plunge Nigeria into a state of war by dragging our military into a needless conflict with Niger Republic.
“The PDP observes that the insistence by the APC administration to draft Nigerian soldiers into Niger Republic in defiance to the disapproval by the National Assembly and Nigerians across board, validates apprehensions in the public domain of ulterior motives by the Tinubu-led APC to import crisis and destabilize our nation for political reasons.
“While the PDP frowns at unconstitutional change of government in any part of the world, our Party holds that the situation in Niger Republic does not warrant any external peace-keeping effort and does not constitute any threats whatsoever to our national interest to justify committing our already overstretched military to harm’s way in a needless war.
“The insistence of the APC government to go to war in Niger Republic is already heightening tension in Nigeria.
“There are insinuations in the public that the APC is only desperate to deploy Nigerian military to Niger Republic so as to provoke possible external aggression from that country, thereby orchestrating a situation for the declaration of a State of Emergency in Nigeria with the tendency to cripple the judicial process on the 2023 Presidential election and divert attention from the hardship the APC has foisted on the nation in the last two months.
“It is apparent that the APC is desperate to orchestrate a situation of “imminent danger of invasion or involvement in a state of war” so as to have the excuse to declare a State of Emergency under Section 305 (3) (a) and (b) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, 1999 (as amended).”