PDP Accuses APC Of Undermining Nigeria’s Democracy #Beekhaybee

The Peoples Democratic Party has alleged that
Nigeria’s democracy has been suffering since
the All Progressives Congress took over the
reins of power in Africa’s biggest economy.
In a statement released today by the publicity
secretary of the party, Olisa Metuh, the PDP
alerted Nigerians and the international
community that the APC and President
Muhammadu Buhari, are disregarding
democratic tenets and embracing dictatorship
by abandoning the country’s constitutional
provisions in governance.
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The statement seen by Vanguard further read:
“For instance, how can this government explain
the fact that a major institution of democracy
like the Independent National Electoral
Commission (INEC) has been deliberately
debilitated to the extent that it can no longer
perform its statutory responsibility for lack of
“Nigerians are aware that before his tenure
expired on June 30th, the former INEC
Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega wrote to President
Buhari, intimating him of the fact that the tenure
of majority of the national commissioners will
expire before August, yet the President never
acted, resulting in the present crisis in the
commission, where more than 80% out of the
statutory 13 members remain vacant, even as
eleven states of the federation are also without
Resident Electoral Commissioners.
“We note that this anomaly is in addition to the
uncertainty surrounding the controversial
appointment of an Acting Chairman of INEC in
the person of a national commissioner whose
tenure has since expired, not minding that there
is no provision for an acting chairman of INEC
in our constitution.
“This development has completely enervated
the commission from carrying out its functions
as stipulated in part 1 of 3rd schedule of the
1999 constitution as amended, thereby putting
our electoral system under severe threat.
“We ask, if not for a possibility of an ulterior
motive to inject a constitutional crisis and
undermine the nation’s democracy, why should
President Buhari wait to be urged before he
upholds his responsibility of forwarding
replacements to the Senate for confirmation so
as to enable the commission effectively carry
out its constitutional responsibilities to the
“Could this be a ploy by the APC-led
government to use a decapitated INEC to
conduct the forthcoming governorship elections
in Kogi and Bayelsa to pave way for their
planned ‘capture’ of the two PDP states?
“Is the weakening of INEC not part of the plot to
use the commission to put the PDP in
precarious position in various electoral tribunals
to the advantage of the APC?
“In view of the developments, the PDP, as a
party that nurtured and sustained democracy in
Nigeria for 16 years, beckons on all lovers of
democracy within and outside the country, to
rise up to the occasion and impress it on
President Buhari and his APC to imbibe, in its
totality, the tenets of democracy and the rule of
law in the general interest of our dear nation.
“In raising this alarm about disturbing national
issues, we however wish to reiterate our earlier
position that the PDP, as a responsible and
patriotic political party, is not in anyway averse
to the fight against corruption, as long as it is
carried out within the ambits of the due process
of the law.
“Our nation is a state built on the principles of
freedom and social justice; the essentials of
democracy, where ‘sovereignty belongs to the
people, from whom government, through the
constitution derives all its powers and
authority’ for the good of all, irrespective of
creed, class, political, ethnic or gender
considerations; tenets that must be protected
and upheld at all times.
“Finally, we call on some well-meaning
Nigerians who have found themselves in the
APC, especially, those who at one time or the
other, were pupils of the teachings and visions
of the founding fathers of the PDP, to rise above
the shallowness of their temporary enclave and
join in this major defence of democratic ethos”.
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Meanwhile, the Bayelsa state chapter of the PDP
has expressed huge shock, as well as
condemned its members who recently defected
to the APC.