Don’t give up, PDP urges Nigerians on June 12

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged Nigerians not to give up in the genuine collective struggle to reinforce democratic governance in the country.

The party, in a statement by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Friday also called on Nigerians to remain alert and law-abiding during the planned June 12 Democracy Day anniversary.

The statement partly read, “The brazen violation of statutory principle of separation of powers, disregard to rule of law, violent defilement of fundamental rights of citizens, erosion of free speech and freedom of expression, as even being witnessed in the ban on Twitter; stifling of the press, attack on peaceful protesters, manipulation of electoral processes, violation of the independence of the electoral commission, abuse of court processes, disobedience to court orders and other violations, show APC’s aversion to democracy and its tenets.

“It is indeed disheartening that the very cause for which the symbol of June 12, Chief MKO Abiola struggled and paid the supreme price has continued to be debased, desecrated and trampled underfoot by the Buhari administration and the APC.

“Our party urges all leaders across board to reflect on the essence of June 12 and take steps to ensure that the martyrs and heroes of democracy did not labour and die in vain.”