- The PDP criticised President Buhari over his Democracy Day move
- The party insisted that it is on course to reclaim its stolen mandate
- The opposition accused the president of pretending to be a democrat
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lashed out at President Muhammadu Buhari over the movement of the Democracy Day celebration from May 29 to June 12.
The party in a statement signed by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Tuesday, May 14, said this will not legitimise the Buhari administration.
The opposition party insisted that the 2019 election was rigged against its candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
The party said: “It is clear that the Buhari presidency and the APC, being tormented by the guilt of violating our electoral processes, 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.
“The Buhari Presidency and the APC from our recent history have demonstrated that they are totally averse to democracy. They should, therefore, steer clear of our Democracy Day, having violated all our democratic ethos in manipulating the Presidential elections and upturning the mandate of the people; the same injustice which Chief MKO Abiola, the symbol of June 12, fought and died for.
“Chief Abiola stood and died for democracy. Any attempt therefore to schedule an 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.
“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 said the attempt by President Buhari to portray himself as a democrat will fail as the 2019 election showed otherwise.
The party said it is focused on retrieving its “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.”
Meanwhile, the former governor of Akwa Ibom state, Godswill Akpabio, told a Federal High Court that he joined the All Progressives Congress (APC) after he was suspended and expelled by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
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Meanwhile, the PDP dismissed insinuations in some quarters that some presidential aspirants worked against the victory of Atiku Abubakar in the February 23 election.
The party said on the contrary, the 11 others who lost out to Atiku at the Port Harcourt presidential primaries went the whole hog to return Atiku elected, adding that the Wazirin Adamawa indeed won the election.
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