- The PDP has accused the President Buhari-led administration of abusing rule of law
- It petitioned the British prime minister and the German chancellor who recently visited Nigeria, over activities in the country
- The party's national chairman, Uche Secondus, called for an intervention from the world leaders on the matter
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has petitioned two female world leaders - Theresa May, the British prime minister, and Angela Merkel, the German chancellor.
The opposition party in their petition accused President Muhammadu Buhari of abusing the rule of law in Nigeria.
In the petition signed by its national chairman, Uche Secondus, and made available to journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, September 4, the PDP alleged that the president and the federal government were engaging in impunity and other anti-democratic vices.
It also accused the present administration led by President Buhari of of using the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to intimidate the members of the opposition.
Punch reports that the party said there has been an alleged brazen attack on the principle of rule of law by President Buhari.
The petition read in parts: “Sadly, the unfettered freedom and respect for human dignity entrenched by our party has been eroded in the last three years of the current administration.
“An important institution like the EFCC, which was established by the PDP government under President Olusegun Obasanjo and graciously still supported by international friends of Nigeria, including the taxpayers of the European Union, to professionally deal with the scourge of corruption, has now lost its essence and original intentions of the founders to become the Buhari administration’s tool for persecution of opposition members and perceived political opponents.
“The EFCC, under this administration, has metamorphosed into a draconian agency, showing scant regard for the rule of law and respect for human rights.
“The commission has turned the process of investigation into a media event to embarrass and tarnish the image of key opposition figures and sub-national governments of the federation perceived to be averse to the whims and electoral interest of the ruling party.
"The recent outburst by President Buhari that he will jail more looters, created national outrage and concern about the role of the judiciary and respect of our institutions.
"Also, his recent declaration, at an event of the Nigerian Bar Association, that the rule of law will take second stage on issues involving alleged threat to national security, raises fresh concern about this administration’s attitude and respect for constitutional rule."
It also noted that the statement by the president explains the licence behind the continued unlawful detention of a former national security adviser who is currently facing criminal charges at several court in Abuja.
The PDP further appealed to May and Merkel to prevail on the president and the federal government to stay away from the path of impunity and totalitarianism.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the opposition party had earlier urged world leaders to prevail on President Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to ensure that 2019 general elections is credible and violence-free.
The party said that the advice was critical following the alert by the United States Institute of Peace (USIP) on the elections.
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