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Buhari Becoming A Dictator, PDP Tells International Community

Posted: Jul 16, 2015 at 7:14 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday urged  the international community to call President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to order over what it described as draconian and authoritarian rule by the present government.

The opposition party accused the President and his party of undemocratic tendencies. It also stated that its opposition to the appointment of Mrs Amina Zakari as the  acting chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was unwavering, as it would not accept any election conducted under her watch, in which the PDP might be declared loser.

National publicity secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, who made the declaration on behalf of the party during visits to the offices of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and the International Republican Institute (IRI) in Abuja, said the PDP would not accept any election conducted by the “daughter” of the President.

His  visit to the foremost American institutes in Abuja may not be unconnected to the Buhari’s impending visit to United State this weekend.

In accusing the President of dictatorship and suppressing the opposition, the PDP spokesman decried Buhari’s style of leadership as he claimed the President had sidelined  governors of the opposition in national issues, adding that under the administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan, governors from opposition parties were taken along even when travelling out of the country on international engagements.

He raised the alarm that Buhari was working to silence the opposition by harassing, muscling and intimidating them.

He noted the issue of Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, who he said was elected by his colleagues at the National Assembly, claiming that the Presidency was using the security apparatus to intimidate him.

“I want to alert the international community on issues that, if they are not handled very well, may truncate our democracy. We have witnessed a remarkable change in the past few days.

“We encourage freedom and in just two months in power, we have witnessed organised witch-hunt by the leadership of APC in trying to muscle our people,” he said.

Metuh told the international community that the INEC acting chair was a daughter to Buhari and as such would not be fair in the discharge of her responsibility as the nation’s electoral umpire.

“We have INEC and the idea is that people heading it should be above board, but the present ruling party has appointed the daughter of the President to head the position. There is nowhere in the world where such has happened, a person who has a relationship with the President.

“I am drawing the attention of the IRI. Buhari has appointed his daughter as INEC chairman, we believe there will not be fairness.

“It will be very difficult to accept any result of the election conducted by Amina Zakari. It will be difficult for PDP to accept result of elections, if we lose under Zakari” he said.

Responding, NDI Resident Country Director, Jasper Veen, noted that anywhere in the world, the most important area to tackle was the political party itself.

He further noted that the way Nigerian political parties recruit people for key position was a reflection of the political system.

Veen called for internal democracy, adding that to be in the opposition was not easy.

The Resident Program Officer of International Republican Institute, Sentell Barnes, on the other hand promised to take up the information shared by Metuh.

He said there was strong commitment between the United States government and Nigeria, insisting that U.S. would ensure that  democratic tenets in Nigeria are allowed to flourish.