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June 12: APC Has Put Our Democracy Under Siege – PDP

All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party

All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has aimed a dig at President Muhammadu Buhari ahead of tomorrow’s June 12 Democracy Day celebration.

The opposition party recently revealed that Buhari has eroded all the virtues that the June 12 date symbolizes in Nigeria.

According to PDP, Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola lived and died for a credible electoral process, respect for rule of law, and regard for the constitutional separation of power and unity, but APC and the current administration have rubbished all that.

The party added that in the last 5 years, our democracy has been under siege and witnessed the worst forms of violations in our political history.

A recent statement read, “At the foundation of every genuine democracy is a credible electoral process. Painfully, the Buhari Presidency and the APC have continued to suppress every genuine effort for reforms that will improve our electoral processes.

“It is instructive to note that President Buhari and APC came to power in 2015 as a result of electoral reform carried out by PDP administration.

“Sadly, Mr. President has frustrated every move to ensure more credible election, particularly by refusing to sign the Electoral Act Amendment bill sent to him by the NASS.”

“In the last five years, our democracy has been under siege and witnessed the worst forms of violations in our political history.”

“Our party, therefore, demands that President Buhari speaks to the issue of amendment to the Electoral Act in his June 12 address and to within the next 14 days, initiate the process of returning the Electoral Act Amendment Bill to the National Assembly, with a strong commitment to sign it into law immediately it is passed by the legislature.”

“Our party holds that it behoves on President Buhari to initiate an electoral reform process immediately, even if that will be the only legacy that posterity will record for him in his 8 years in office.”

“Any failure to initiate an electoral reform will amount to a deliberate plot by the APC to kill our hard-earned democracy and return our nation to a state of nature where the will of any individual, supported by bandits and vagabonds will become the norm.

“President Buhari should also take steps to end the nepotism and divisive body language associated with his administration.

“He should also take further steps to end the constitutional violations, abuse of human rights, political intolerance, harassment of opposition and dissenting voices associated with his administration.

“Furthermore, Mr. President’s June 12 address should speak to the rejigging of our nation’s security architecture as well as more decisive steps that will be taken by his administration to save Nigerians from untimely and sudden gruesome deaths in the hands of bandits and insurgents.”


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