- Uche Secondus has said that Nigeria had its worst democracy season in the year 2019
- The national chairman of the opposition party, PDP, said the present administration has laid landmines capable of running the country aground
- Secondus said the worst form of vandalization was done to democracy and rule of law in Nigeria in the outgoing year
The national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, has described 2019 as Nigeria's worst democracy year since 1999.
Secondus accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and President Muhammadu Buhari of having laid landmines which may explode and ground Nigeria by 2020.
In a statement released on Tuesday, December 31, by Ike Abonyi, the media aide to the chairman, Secondus called on every Nigerian to brace up for the dictatorial regime in the new year.
He said with the judiciary caged, the legislature ready and willing to rubber-stamp whatever comes from the executive, media and the opposition intimidated, Nigerians should await the fang of a dictator wearing the apparel of a democrat.
He also warned that with the huge loan demands passing through the National Assembly without scrutiny coupled with the accompanying high taxation bills from the executive, 2020 portends further hard times for Nigerians.
Secondus warned that the year 2020 is going to be tough with the high level of corruption already rated by experts to be worse under this administration as they continue to look away to reported cases of fraud involving high profile members of the regime.
Reviewing the activities of the past 12 months in the country, Secondus lamented that 2019 remains the worst year for democracy in the land.
He said the worst form of vandalization was done to democracy and rule of law in Nigeria in the outgoing year.
He also blamed such on the anti-democratic forces being breed and nurtured by the APC to achieve their one-party agenda for the country.
"The use of the military in the election matters and the intimidation and harassment of democratic institutions that was climaxed in the burning to death Mrs Salome Acheju Abu in Kogi state last November continues to raise concern over citizens right to vote under this regime," Secondus said.
The PDP national chairman urged Nigerians to refuse to be deterred by the impunity and provocative attitude of the ruling APC whose agenda is to run a despotic regime disregarding the rule of law and tenets of democracy.
He appealed to all critical stakeholders in the nation's democracy particularly the media and civil society groups to remain alert to their responsibilities and hold APC administration accountable in 2020 especially over open visa policy which he said has a dubious political undertone.
While wishing Nigerians a prosperous 2020, Secondus charged members and leaders of PDP to put all hands on deck in the new year as the task ahead is enormous but surmountable with God on the side of the just.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that Secondus had said that Nigeria's biggest development challenge is bad elections.
Secondus said some of the elections across Nigeria can be described as 'bad elections' and are stagnating Nigeria's development and democracy.
He said since 1999 when the PDP came into existence it nurtured Nigeria's democracy for 16 years but for some bad elections since the present administration came into power, same cannot be said of the country's democracy.
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