…Says President’s Silence on Violations Vindicates Our Party’s Stance
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) describes the President Muhammadu Buhari’s Democracy Day deal with as an enormous and unpardonable slap on the face of our nation’s democratic course of.
Our celebration stresses that President Buhari’s silence on the values of democracy in addition to the myriads of violations underneath his watch has additional vindicated its stance and that of majority of Nigerians that the Buhari administration has no regard for democracy and isn’t ready to uphold its tenets in our nation.
The PDP notes that on the day Mr. President himself put aside to rejoice democracy, he had no democratic scorecard to current; thereby immediately confirming that he had taken no step to uphold democratic observe within the final 5 years.
Our celebration invitations Nigerians to notice that Mr. President’s speech had no house for Chief MKO Abiola. This solely goes to indicate that the Buhari Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) haven’t any regard for Chief Abiola and the essence of June 12, however solely used their nomenclature to realize egocentric 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 precise any commitments to electoral reform in his 38-minute pre-recorded deal with exhibits that his administration has no plans to ensure credible elections in our nation.
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Also, Mr. President had no phrases of assurance in the direction of respect for our structure, notably the ideas of separation of powers, federal character, equality, fairness, equity, transparency and respect for the sensibilities of our federal construction.
Furthermore, President Buhari had no phrases of dedication on tips on how to deal with the constitutional and human rights violations underneath his watch, together with reported intimidation and brutalization of residents, disobedience to court docket orders, arbitrary arrests, unlawful detentions, extra-judicial killings in addition to hounding of opposition and dissenting voices.
Rather, Mr. President and his handlers sought to divert consideration from their failures and violations related to this administration by taking the nation on a merry-go-round of recycled false efficiency claims that aren’t backed by any empirical or verifiable knowledge.
By this speech, President Buhari failed to understand that the progress of any nation is hinged on credible elections, fairness, justice and adherence to rule of regulation.
Moreover, Nigerians have been at shock that whereas bandits had been busy killing our compatriots in Katsina, Kaduna, Zamfara, Borno, Kogi and varied components of our nation, even on the eve of his broadcast, President Buhari was claiming that his authorities had secured the nation.
It is much more distressing that Mr. President opted to make use of the COVID-19 pandemic to make excuses for the assault by the bandits at the same time as he had no soothing phrases or decisive assurances for the victims past a chilly passing remark missing in anticipated human empathy.
The PDP nevertheless urged Nigerians to not resign to despondency or permit the failures and violations of the APC administration to erode their religion in our democracy however stay united of their dedication to the soundness of our nation.