- PDP on Tuesday, May 14, condemned the planned inauguration of President Buharis presidency on June 12
- The party said such action cannot confer legitimacy on an allegedly rigged election by the ruling party
- According to the PDP, inviting world leaders to the inauguration cannot also confer international recognition for a stolen mandate
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the planned inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari's presidency on June 12.
The PDP said moving major events of its planned Presidential inauguration from May 29 to June 12, the democracy Day, cannot confer any form of legitimacy to the outcome of the rigged 2019 presidential election
In a statement signed by the national publicity secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbodiyan, the party said inviting world leaders to the inauguration cannot also confer international recognition for a stolen mandate.
The PDP alleged that he Buhari Presidency and the APC are being tormented by the guilt of violating Nigeria's electoral processes.
Ologbondiyan also said the APC and its presidential candidate can no longer boldly approach the oath book on May 29, due to the burden of illegitimacy and now seeks refuge in the sanctity of June 12, our Democracy Day.
Further urging the APC and the Buhari administration to steer clear of Nigeria's democracy day, Ologbondiyan said any attempt therefore to schedule any event related to the outcome of the rigged 2019 presidential election on June 12 would be an open desecration of the sanctity of the Democracy day and a direct assault to the sensibilities of Nigerians.
Ologbondiyan said: "Moreover, the PDP rejects this absurd desperation by the Buhari Presidency and the APC to overshadow the import of our Democracy Day and stifle the quest by Nigerians to vent their anger against the democratic violations of the APC administration in the last four years."
"The PDP counsels the Buhari Presidency to note that trying to seize our Democracy Day cannot confer legitimacy to a rigged election, neither can it erase the litany of violations including human rights abuses, assault on democratic institutions, particularly the Legislature and the Judiciary; clamp down on opposition figures, clipping of the media, extra-judicial killings, arbitrary arrests and illegal detention of citizens, and the rigging of the 2019 Presidential election.
"The PDP wants the Buhari Presidency and the APC to understand that what is paramount to majority of Nigerians now is the retrieval of the stolen mandate, which they freely gave to Atiku Abubakar, at the tribunal so that our nation can enjoy the values of freedom, justice, fairness and equity embedded in our constitutional democracy," Ologbondiyan concluded.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that an opposition party, Hope Democratic Party (HDP), has filed a motion seeking an order for the election tribunal to restrain President Buhari from presenting himself to be sworn-in on May 29.
The party is also seeking an order restraining the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) from swearing-in, administering the oath of office and oath of allegiance to the president on May 29.
In a motion on notice made available to journalists on Tuesday, May 14, the party filed the motion on 6 grounds pursuant to section one subsection 2 of the 1999 Constitution as amended and under the jurisdiction of the tribunal.
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