While expressing its concern about what it sees as a gradual slide to dictatorship, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, warns the All Progressives Congress not allow the 16 years gains of democracy to be destroyed
THE national caucus of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, is worried about the nation’s democracy, saying its survival has become precarious in the current environment. Rising from its meeting held on Thursday, October 29, the party said the gains of the 16 years of democracy if no urgent steps were taken to save the country from dictatorship.
The PDP in a statement signed by Adewale Oladipo, national secretary, the party said that the insensitivity of the ruling government to some critical issues being raised by the opposition was a “huge threat to viable democracy and dangerous to the peace, unity and progress of the country.”
Specifically, the PDP said that “the undue interferences by the executive arm of government on the activities of the judiciary, legislature and INEC using the Directorate of States Services, DSS, is clearly unacceptable to the PDP as well as the Nigerian people and the party resolved to vigorously resist such.”
Besides, the party said it found it offensive and provocative that the judiciary’s handling of cases involving it in election tribunals in some states, particularly, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Imo, Taraba, Ogun, Plateau and Lagos states. “The tainted judgments of these tribunals, which are evidently products of arm-twisting from the nation’s security operatives under the direct command of an APC member remains unacceptable to us,” it said.
It said that it expected the judiciary, as an institution to restore its image by taking immediate measures to protect itself from political interferences as well as ensure that needed steps were taken at the appellate levels to remedy the embarrassing ruling by some of the election petitions tribunals.
The party thus, called on President Muhammadu Buhari to stand up for justice and equity and stop the undemocratic attitudes of agents of government in the interest of peace and stability.
It, however, commended the courage and unity of purpose of its senators by walking out during the confirmation of Chibuike Amaechi, former governor of Rivers State, as minister, saying their collective stand against impunity and corruption was in line with the wishes and aspirations of the Nigerian people. The PDP states that what the APC senators did today is a death knell on their party’s pretentious war against corruption.
The PDP further remarked that “whilst former APC governors are being rewarded with ministerial appointments, their PDP counterparts are being hounded and harassed in the selective war against corruption.”
— Nov 9, 2015 @ 01:00 GMT