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Democracy in danger under Buhari – PDP

The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has raised the alarm over what it described as a huge threat to the nation’s democracy and danger posed to its peace, unity and progress by the Presidency and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

At a meeting of its national caucus held at the Ondo State Governor’s Lodge, Abuja, Thursday night, the party alleged threats to the survival of democracy under President Muhammadu Buhari.

In a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting and signed by its National Secretary, Prof. Wale Oladipo, the PDP said critical state institutions have been compromised under the APC-led Federal Government.

The party said the judiciary, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Department of State Services (DSS) have been politicised by the ruling party.

It also alleged intimidation of the National Assembly and erosion of the “gains” recorded under the 16-reign of the PDP, vowing to “vigorously resist” such “undemocratic tendencies.”

The communiqué said, “That the insensitivity of the ruling government to very critical issues being raised by the opposition is a huge threat to viable democracy and dangerous to the peace, unity and progress of the country.

“The undue interferences by the executive arm of government on the activities of the judiciary, legislature and INEC using the Directorate of States Services (DSS) is clearly unacceptable to the PDP as well as the Nigerian people and the party resolved to vigorously resist such.

“The PDP finds it offensive and provocative, the judiciary’s handling of cases involving it in election tribunals in some states, particularly, Akwa Ibom, Rivers, Imo, Taraba, Ogun, Plateau and Lagos States.

“The conclusive evidence of external influence on the Rivers State governorship election tribunal is the fact that it was able to deliver its judgment within 24 hours, in a case that had nearly 100 witnesses, 1,000 pieces of documentary evidences and nine counsel’s final written addresses, each not less than 40 pages.”

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