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Buhari Plunging Nigeria Into Dictatorship –PDP Governors Forum

Posted: Sep 8, 2015 at 3:09 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Igoniko Oduma, Yenagoa

 

Governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have alerted that President Muhammadu Buhari is plunging Nigeria into dictatorship.

The governors under the auspices of the PDP Governors Forum stated this on Tuesday, September 8, 2015, after rising from a meeting of the forum held Monday evening in the inner chamber of the Bayelsa State Governor’s Office, Government House,Yenagoa.

Out of the 13 PDP governors in the country, two governors and four deputy governors were present at the meeting.

Led by their chairman and Governor of Ondo State, Olusegun Mimiko, the PDP governors criticised Buhari over the alleged invasion of Akwa Ibom State Government House by operatives of the Department of the State Services (DSS).

 

Mimiko, who read the communique of the forum to reporters, insisted that the invasion was against the spirit, ethos, values and fundamental tenets of democratic norms and tradition, more so with the existence of a duly-elected and sworn-in governor of the state.

“We insist that the trend must stop henceforth. No democracy survives without a viable opposition in any part of the world and we must also remember to remind the APC that they are the real beneficiaries of the liberal democratic ethos of the PDP.

“We once more advise the DSS to preoccupy itself with the task of ensuring internal security and desist from daily harassing and intimidating members of the opposition.

“We all have a duty to prevent what looks to us like a steady slide of this country into dictatorship”, Mimiko said.

According to him, the PDP governors were worried and alarmed by such alleged abuse of authority, stressing that it was an assault on democracy.

He said that situation like what happened in Akwa Ibom State portended doom and posed serious threat to the country’s nascent democracy.

He said that the action was one of the continuous attempts by the APC-controlled Federal Government to arm-twist the opposition.

“We implore the international community, the civil society organisations and human rights activists to call the All Progressives Party-led Federal Government to order and to insist that it respects the well-entrenched democratic tradition”, he added.

Governors at the forum’s meeting included Mimiko and the host, Seriake Dickson, while the deputies that represented their governors were those of Delta, Kingsley Otuaro; Abia, Chris Akomas; Ebonyi, Kelechi Igwe; and Kogi, Yomi Awoniyi.

Governors of Enugu, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Cross River, Benue, Ekiti and Taraba states did not attend the meeting even as they did not also send any representatives.