PDP Tells Buhari To Stop Undemocratic Attitudes

PDP Tells Buhari To Stop Undemocratic Attitudes

Barely 24 hours after the confirmation of the ministerial nominees at the Senate plenary session, the former ruling Peoples Democratic Party in a communiqué issued in Abuja on Thursday, October 29, raised concerns over what it described as undemocratic attitudes on the part of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.

PDP Tells Buhari To Stop Undemocratic Attitudes
PDP acting national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus

The party notes that while former governors on the platform of the All Progressives Congress are being rewarded with ministerial appointments, their PDP counterparts are being hounded and harassed in the selective war against corruption.

The party according to Vanguard called on the president to stand up for justice and equity and stop all undemocratic approaches.

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The party during a meeting in Abuja reviewed the political developments in the nation’s polity and made several resolutions.

In the report, the party said: “There is serious cause for concern in the nation’s political environment, especially as it concerns the survival of the nation’s democracy.

“The gains recorded in the 16 years of nurturing of democracy in the country by the PDP are rapidly being eroded with non-functioning of basic tenets of democracy and perpetuation of actions tilting towards dictatorship.

“The insensitivity of the ruling government to very critical issues being raised by the opposition is a huge threat to viable democracy and dangerous to the peace, unity and progress of the country.

“That the undue interferences by the executive arm of government on the activities of the judiciary, legislature and the Independent National Electoral Congress (INEC) using the Directorate of States Services (DSS) is clearly unacceptable to the PDP as well as the Nigerian people and the party resolved to vigorously resist such.”

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The party also resolved that the it finds offensive and provocative the judiciary’s handling of cases involving it in election tribunals in some states, particularly, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Imo, Taraba, Ogun, Plateau and Lagos states.

The PDP said that the ‘tainted judgments’ of the tribunals, which it noted as evidently products of arm-twisting from the nation’s security operatives under the direct command of an APC member remains unacceptable to the party.

It further resolved thus: “The PDP states that the conclusive evidence of external influence on the Rivers state governorship election tribunal is the fact that it was able to deliver its judgment within 24 hours, in a case that had nearly 100 witnesses, 1000 pieces of documentary evidences and nine counsel’s final written addresses; each not less than 40 pages.

“The decision, in view of the rather interesting history of the case, indicates that the judiciary, like the PDP and the Nigerian electorate are victims of the APC-led Federal Government.

“The party expects the judiciary as an institution, to restore its image by taking immediate measures to protect itself from political interferences as well as ensure that needed steps are taken at the appellate levels to remedy the embarrassing ruling by some of the election petitions tribunals.

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“The party has also noted clandestine moves by the APC to use various agencies of government, to manipulate the processes and rig the outcome of the forthcoming governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states in their favour and vowed to deploy every means within the law to resist such.

“The party calls on President Muhammadu Buhari, as the leader of the country, to stand up for justice and equity and halt the undemocratic attitudes of agents of government in the interest of peace and stability.

“Furthermore, we salute the courage and unity of purpose of our senators especially as demonstrated in the Senate chambers today in their collective stand against impunity and corruption, in line with the wishes and aspirations of the Nigerian people. The PDP states that what the APC senators did today is a death knell on their party’s pretentious war against corruption.

“The PDP further notes that whilst former APC governors are being rewarded with ministerial appointments, their PDP counterparts are being hounded and harassed in the selective war against corruption.

“The party finally reiterates its commitment to the unity of Nigeria and the continued development of democracy in the country.”

Source: Legit.ng

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