Home Buhari’s June 12 broadcast an unpardonable slap on democracy —PDP
Array

Buhari’s June 12 broadcast an unpardonable slap on democracy —PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the President Muhammadu Buhari Democracy Day address as a huge and unpardonable slap on the face of Nigeria’s democratic process.

The party stressed that President Buhari’s silence on the values of democracy as well as the myriads of violations under his watch had further vindicated its stance and that of the majority of Nigerians that the “Buhari administration has no regard for democracy and is not prepared to uphold its tenets in our country.”

In a statement by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan on Friday, the PDP noted that on the day Mr President himself set aside to celebrate democracy, he had no democratic scorecard to present; thereby directly confirming that he had taken no step to uphold democratic practice in the last five years.

“Our party invites Nigerians to note that Mr. President’s speech had no space for Chief MKO Abiola. This only goes to show that the Buhari Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) have no regard for Chief Abiola and the essence of June 12, but only used their nomenclature to gain selfish political capital.

“It is scandalous that on a day like this, President Buhari had no assurances on electoral reforms and credible election; which is the hallmark of democracy.

“President Buhari’s failure to express any commitments to electoral reform in his 38-minute pre-recorded address shows that his administration has no plans to guarantee credible elections in our country.

Read more: Edo guber: Obaseki allegedly joins PDP, picks membership card in Oredo

“Also, Mr. President had no words of assurance towards respect for our constitution, particularly the principles of separation of powers, federal character, equality, equity, fairness, transparency and respect for the sensibilities of our federal structure.

“Furthermore, President Buhari had no words of commitment on how to tackle the constitutional and human rights violations under his watch, including reported intimidation and brutalization of citizens, disobedience to court orders, arbitrary arrests, illegal detentions, extra-judicial killings as well as hounding of opposition and dissenting voices.

“Rather, Mr. President and his handlers sought to divert attention from their failures and violations associated with this administration by taking the nation on a merry-go-round of recycled false performance claims that are not backed by any empirical or verifiable data,” the statement read.

The party added that Buhari, by the speech, failed to appreciate that the progress of any nation remained hinged on credible elections, equity, justice and adherence to rule of law.

“Moreover, Nigerians have been at shock that while bandits were busy killing our compatriots in Katsina, Kaduna, Zamfara, Borno, Kogi and various parts of our nation, even on the eve of his broadcast, President Buhari was claiming that his government had secured the nation.

“It is even more distressing that Mr. President opted to use the COVID-19 pandemic to make excuses for the attack by the bandits even as he had no soothing words or decisive assurances for the victims beyond a cold passing comment lacking in expected human empathy,” the PDP added.

527 COMMENTS

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Must Read

Yahaya Bello Allegedly Withdraw Support for Tinubu 

According to the report, Kogi's new stance is informed by permutations in the north-central state ahead of its November governorship election. As a result of...

2023: Atiku, Tinubu in fresh battle over health issues, alleged corruption

Barely 38 days to the presidential election scheduled for February 25, both camps of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and the Peoples Democratic Party,...

Govs To Meet Emefiele Over New Naira Notes

Aminu Tambuwal, chairman of the Nigeria Governors' Forum, has invited Godwin Emiefele, governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, to a virtual meeting on...

Adamawa senator to appeal removal as APC candidate

Embattled Sen. Ishaku Abbo (Adamawa North) has urged his supporters not to lose sleep over the court ruling that removed him as the candidate...

Multi-party democracy better than military rule, says Buhari

After tasting both systems of government, President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday affirmed multiparty system of democracy as a better option to military rule. According to a statement...