- A group, Democracy Vanguard, has berated the federal government of the conduct of 2019 general elections
- The group said 2019 election negates spirit of June 12
- President Buhari had approved June 12 as the Nigeria's new democracy day
A group, Democracy Vanguard of Nigerians in Diaspora, has said that events of the 2019 general election, particularly the presidential election were a threat to constitutional democracy despite the commemoration of June 12 as Nigeria's new democracy day.
Nigerian Tribune reports that the nation celebrates Democracy Day on Wednesday, June12, in honour of the presidential candidate of the defunct Social Democratic Party (SDP) and winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Bashorun Moshood Kashimawo Abiola.
Legit.ng gathered that a statement signed by the president of the group, Timothy A. Sule, revealed that unlike the June 12, 1993 election which was a national mandate and reflected the wishes of the electorate, the February 23 and the March 9 elections were marred by violence, voters suppression and alteration of figures with the alleged connivance of security forces and the electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The statement read: ''Events of the 2019 general election, particularly the presidential election, with the use of the military and other apparatus of force, by the President Muhammadu Buhari’s government to suppress free ballot, unleash violence on voters and coerce the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to alter results already delivered at the polling units, portend the termination of our constitutional democratic order unless efforts are concerted to stem the tide.
“The presidential election was characterized by hounding, killing, wanton arrests, abductions and illegal detention of opposition figures, threats of violence against members of the international global democratic institutions working for peaceful and transparent polls, allocation of fictitious votes for President Buhari and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) and brazen attempt to foist an illegitimate rulership on our nation.
The group further argued that other autonomous arms of government like the judiciary and the legislature have since been muzzled by the President Muhammadu Buhari and submitted that “Nigerian federal government, under President Buhari’s watch, has gradually worked towards total annihilation of our democracy.”
It further called on the international community, particularly the United States, which it described as the beacon of Democracy not to keep “silent in the face of the assaults and regression in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
The statement further read in part: ''As you may be aware, in the last three years, there has been a calculated relegation of our nation’s constitution and extant laws; unrelenting attack on all our democratic institutions, particularly the National Assembly and the Judiciary, disobedience to court orders, clamp down on the media and members of the civil society organisation and a slide towards totalitarianism, with the Nigerian federal government, systematically working to silence legitimate dissent.
''Governance in our nation is gradually regressing to the 1984 era, when citizens were wantonly arrested, locked up and dehumanized with Military decrees for expressing opinion considered to be contrary to that of those in power.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that former president Olusegun Obasanjo come under fire from elder statesmen in the country for not recognising the struggle of Late Chief Moshood Abiola and honouring him with June 12.
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