The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari
and the All Progressives Congress (APC) not to address Nigerians on the
occasion of the 2018 Democracy Day on Tuesday.
The PDP maintains that in the last three years, such addresses had
contained deceits, falsifications and unfulfilled promises.
The party notes that Nigerians have become frustrated and despondent by
the magnitude of lies and deception told by the Buhari Presidency and
the APC and would prefer to spend the next twelve calendar months
contending with such past deceptions than fresh falsifications.
PDP adds that the Buhari Presidency and the APC had, since assuming
power in 2015, violated all tenets of democracy, trampled on citizens
rights and should not be associated with democracy under any guise
Indeed, this administration should not come close to the emblem of
democracy, as such would be an unpardonable spat on the faces of
millions of suppressed Nigerians and the graves of victims of
extra-judicial executions under this administration, as catalogued by
international bodies including, Transparency International (TI), Amnesty
International (AI) and even the United States Department of State.
Instead of celebrating Democracy, Nigerians are today groaning in regret
for electing an administration that has completely turned against them,
engaging in clampdown with utmost impunity, setting aside our
constitutional provisions and desecrating all democratic established
We ask: How can Nigerians celebrate Democracy Day when the rights of
citizens are daily trampled and they no longer enjoy their freedom to
politically associate and aspire, as was the order under the PDP rule?
Where is democracy when government tends towards military fiat: where
citizens are wantonly arrested, locked up and dehumanized just for
expressing political opinions considered to be at variance with views
held those in power?
Where is democracy when opposition members have become endangered
species and considered enemies of the state without any just cause;
Where dissenting voices are daily harassed, arrested, handcuffed and
arraigned on trumped-up charges, just to emasculate opposition?
Where is democracy when our National Assembly, the very bastion of our
democracy, is under siege; where federal lawmakers are daily
blackmailed, hounded, harassed, intimidated, detained and dehumanized;
where strange elements invade the hallowed chambers of the Senate,
threatened our senators and forcefully cart away the mace, yet nobody
has been prosecuted?
Where is democracy when court judges are arrested in the middle of the
night by agents of state; top government officials engage in actions and
speeches that promote division, hatred and bloodletting; when
journalists and media houses are being harassed and intimidated and our
nation, in the last three years, ranking among the most hostile to free
Nigerians now look back with nostalgia to the 16 years of the PDP, years
when government operated with conscience, where democracy was nurtured
and the rights, freedom, happiness and prosperity of all citizens were
guaranteed and upheld.
Above all, the PDP salutes the courage and resilience of Nigerians in
the face of despotism, drive towards anarchy and totalitarianism.
We are collectively strengthened by the fact that this year’s Democracy
Day signals the reinvigorating of that democratic march by the citizens
to end APC’s misrule and abuse of our rights.
Nigerians must therefore, use this year’s occasion to reinforce their
commitment to rescue our nation by restoring democratic rule on the
platform of the repositioned PDP, come 2019.