PDP rejects Buhari’s stand against rule of law

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has told President Muhammadu Buhari that his claim that rule of law would become secondary to his whims and self-determined “national interest” was strange to Nigeria’s laws and unacceptable.

  The party said that the assertion was a trademark of despotic rulers and as such could not find expression or accommodation in a democratic setting of the nation.

  The PDP, in statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan,  expressed readiness to rally Nigerians to reject every attempt by Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to introduce the long forgotten trappings of military dictatorship into the nation’s democratic rule, which Nigerians laboured for many years to attain.

  The opposition party further stated that it would not stop at anything legitimate to ensure that the International Criminal Court (ICC) holds President Buhari responsible for violations of rule of law and criminal abuse of human rights committed under his rule in the last three years.

  It pointed out that contrary to claims by Mr. President, there was no pronouncement by the Supreme Court that subjugates constitutional rule of law and rights of citizens to the whims, caprices and dictatorial impulses of any President.

  “Our national interest is thoroughly embedded, protected, expressed and enforced only under the rule of law as provided by our constitution and there is no how Nigerians can allow an individual to superimpose or override the constitution with his personal whims and impulses; a pattern that is characteristic of known dictators all over the world, as expressed in the obnoxious Executive Order 6, designed to justify a complete clamp down of political opponents ahead of 2019 general elections,” PDP stated.

  It said that President Buhari should therefore be made to answer for the litany of human rights violations in Nigeria, including documented disobedience to court orders, extra-judicial and arbitrary executions, unlawful arrests and political detentions, killing of persons in custody, torture and excessive use of force by security forces on innocent citizens, destruction of property, restriction of free speech, press, official corruption and lack of accountability as detailed in report by various international bodies, including Transparency International (TI), Amnesty International (AI) and US Department of States.”

  The party further stated that that President Buhari was apprehensive of the electoral defeat that awaited him in February 2019 for which he was seeking ways to subvert the system, stressing, “we caution that in this desperation to hold unto to power, he must not seek to again, subvert our constitutional order as he will be firmly resisted by Nigerians.”

  The PDP therefore called on all Nigerians, particularly the Judiciary and the Nigeria Bar Association (NBA) to speak out against the direct assault on the Nigeria’s democracy as a nation before it is too late.

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