CNPP warns against unguarded attacks on political leaders
By Joseph Kingston, Calabar
The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP), Cross River state chapter, has warned social critics and petition writers against unguarded attacks aimed at ridiculing the persons and characters of Nigerian political leaders, saying such unguarded attacks could generate unnecessary tensions in the polity.
CNPP chairman in the state, Christopher Eyibio, who gave the warning during a press conference at the Ernest Etim Bassey Press Centre in Calabar, Monday, said CNPP was not against criticism, but that such criticism should be constructive and not the one which could destroy the democracy everyone was labouring to build and sustain.
“We pride ourselves as a people who are united. We are known to be hard-working and honest. Why must we suddenly allow our political differences to destroy the state?
“The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) views with great concern the unwarranted attacks on some leaders representing the state at different levels. It is sad that these attacks are politically motivated, hence the sponsors of these attack dogs have a motive which is not far from the 2023 general elections,” the group Chairman said.
The CNPP specifically warned the publisher of the online news medium, Cross River Watch, Mr Agba Jalingo, to desist forthwith from attacking the person of a member representing Bekwarra/Obudu/Obanliku federal constituency, Hon Legor Idagbo.
His words: “While we are not Hon. Legor’s media team, as concerned leaders of political parties, we deem it necessary to caution that our continuous debasement of our leaders by sponsored agents is capable of orchestrating crises in the state.
“As leaders of political parties, we have paid the price and sacrificed our time, resources and comfort to preach peace. This is why almost all our elections were crises free. Integrity is not built in a day. If we continue to pull down all our leaders because they are not willing to settle us, we will indirectly destroy the State.”