Democracy Day: Don’t address Nigerians, PDP warns Buhari, APC

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling party All Progressives Congress (APC) not to address Nigerians on the occasion of this year’s Democracy Day tomorrow.

The party, in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, yesterday, stated that “in the last three years, such addresses had contained deceits, falsifications and unfulfilled promises.”

It read in part: “Nigerians have become frustrated and despondent by the magnitude of lies and deception told by the Buhari Presidency and the APC and would prefer to spend the next twelve calendar months contending with such past deceptions than fresh falsifications. And that the Buhari Presidency and the APC had, since assuming power in 2015, violated all tenets of democracy, trampled on citizens rights and should not be associated with democracy under any guise whatsoever.

Continuing, it stated: “Indeed, this administration should not come close to the emblem of democracy, as such would be an unpardonable spat on the faces of millions of suppressed Nigerians and the graves of victims of extra-judicial executions under this administration, as catalogued by international bodies including, Transparency International (TI), Amnesty International (AI) and even the United States Department of State.

“Instead of celebrating Democracy, Nigerians are today groaning in regret for electing an administration that has completely turned against them, engaging in clampdown with utmost impunity, setting aside our constitutional provisions and desecrating all democratic established institutions.

“We ask: How can Nigerians celebrate Democracy Day when the rights of citizens are daily trampled and they no longer enjoy their freedom to politically associate and aspire, as was the order under the PDP rule? Where is democracy when government tends towards military fiat: where citizens are wantonly arrested, locked up and dehumanised just for expressing political opinions considered to be at variance with views held those in power?

“Where is democracy when opposition members have become endangered species and considered enemies of the state without any just cause; Where dissenting voices are daily harassed, arrested, handcuffed and arraigned on trumped-up charges, just to emasculate opposition? Where is democracy when our National Assembly, the very bastion of our democracy, is under siege; where federal lawmakers are daily blackmailed, hounded, harassed, intimidated, detained and dehumanised; where strange elements invade the hallowed chambers of the Senate, threatened our senators and forcefully cart away the mace, yet nobody has been prosecuted”?

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