Posted by News Express | 12 June 2020 | 1,052 times
By SAMUEL OGIDAN, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s Democracy Day broadcast, describing it as a huge
and unpardonable slap on the face of the nation’s democratic process.
The party added that President Buhari has no democratic scorecard to present to Nigerians, adding that his speech had no space for Chief
MKO Abiola, which 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.
PDP stressed that President Buhari’s silence on the values of democracy as well as the myriads of violations under his watch has further vindicated its stance and that of majority of Nigerians that the Buhari administration has no regard for democracy and is not prepared to uphold its tenets in our country.
The party, in a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan 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
“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.”
The party added that President Buhari has 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 party said.
By this speech, PDP insisted that President Buhari failed to appreciate that the progress of any nation is 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 party said.
The PDP, however, urged Nigerians not to resign to despondency or allow the failures and violations of the APC administration to erode their faith in the democracy but remain united in their commitment to the stability of the nation. (Daily Independent)
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