PDP Berates Buhari’s June 12 Broadcast, says President’s silence on violations vindicates its stance


By Tayo Alabi

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the President Muhammadu Buhari’s Democracy Day address as a huge and unpardonable slap on the face of the nation’s democratic process.

According to the PDP, President Buhari’s silence on the values of democracy as well as the myriads of violations under his watch has further vindicated its stance and that of majority of Nigerians, saying the Buhari administration has no regard for democracy and is not prepared to uphold its tenets in the country.

The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan made this known in a statement on Friday.

The statement which reads in part said:
“The PDP notes that on the day Mr. President himself set aside to celebrate democracy, he had no democratic scorecard to present; thereby directly confirming that he had taken no step to uphold democratic practice in the last five years.

“Our party invites Nigerians to note that Mr. President’s speech had no space for Chief MKO Abiola. This only goes to show that the Buhari Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) have no regard for Chief Abiola and the essence of June 12, but only used their nomenclature to gain selfish political capital.

“It is scandalous that on a day like this, President Buhari had no assurances on electoral reforms and credible election; which is the hallmark of democracy. 

“President Buhari’s failure to express any commitments to electoral reform in his 38-minute pre-recorded address shows that his administration has no plans to guarantee credible elections in our country” the statement said.

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