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PDP Warns Buhari Against Discrimination

Posted: Jul 27, 2015 at 12:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Rotimi Akinwumi Abuja

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday accused President Muhammadu Buhari of plotting to kickstart ethnic and sectional self-determination war in the country by his alleged promise of a discriminatory government during his last week visit to the United states.

The President was quoted to have said his government would favour the larger percentage of states that voted for him, than the minority that rejected him during the polls.

The opposition party in raising the allegation against the president also described his last week visit of to the United States as a waste which in the long run won’t bring any benefit to the country.

The PDP in faulting the leadership style of the president described him as running the nation’s democracy as a “sole administrator” which it said is against the letters of the constitution.

Olisa Metuh, National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, at a press conference at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja, said the opposition party was not impressed by the outing of the president in the US, which he said the party viewed as “yet another miscarried cosmetic intervention to hide government’s inefficiency and inability to face the real business of governance.”

The opposition party said it had a tough time restraining itself from embarrassing the president while in the US by enumerating what it considered as the shortcomings of the current administration and making them available to all while the president was away.

It however noted that the comments by the President that his government will give special privileges to state that voted for him against those who didn’t, is an indication that the APC government will be discriminatory, a development the opposition party said might cause upheavals in the nation among the various ethnic groups.

Part of the statement read: “As a responsible political party, committed to peace and the stability of our dear nation, the PDP restrained itself from embarrassing the President by not raising, while he was in the States, issues of harassment of citizens, interferences in the activities of the National Assembly and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), total disregard for tenets of democracy, resort to sole administratorship as well as other violations which have become the order of the day in Nigeria since the inauguration of his administration.

“Rather, we remained calm, while hoping and praying that the visit would afford our President and his party leaders reasonable tutorials on therespect and application of the tenets of democracy and fundamental rights of citizens under the rule of law.

“This is in addition to the fact that as patriotic citizens, we looked forward for gains especially given our restated support for any action or policy by the Federal Government aimed at stamping out corruption, ending insurgency and promoting economic growth, which formed parts of the publicised agenda for the visit.

“However, now that the visit has come and gone, our fear is that nothing whatsoever has been learnt or gained.”