The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday condemned in very strong terms ever, what it described as “the violent clampdown” by agents of the All Progressives Congress (APC) andPresident Muhammadu Buhari on Nigerians peacefully protesting on Democracy Day.
The party in a statement by its NationalPublicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan said that it is instructive to note that President Buhari, in his supposed Democracy Day address, failed to rein in his security operativesdespite the cautions by the PDP
It also said; “This places the culpability for whatever befalls Nigerians, in the face of the violent attacks by security agencies, on the APC as welll as Mr. President’s desk.
The PDP stressed that it is awkward that the APC and President Buhari, who were allowed their freedom when they protested in 2014, would turn around to subject Nigerians to actions of inhumanity including the use of firearms against the people, as being witnessedtoday.
The party described the brutal clampdown on citizens on Democracy Day as a sacrilegiousvdemonstration of APC’s aversion to democracy as well as its barefaced repugnance towardsNigerians, particularly in their demands for their rights.
The PDP said that it is cataloguing all theinfringements which the APC and President Buhari are rudely imposing on Nigerians and urged all global democratic institutions to takebnote of the violent infringements and of clampdown on democracy in Nigeria by the APC.
“The PDP is not surprised that in his over 20 minutes speech, Mr. President never made any commitment towards upholding the democratic tenets of free speech, freedom of expression, freedom of association and right to peaceful protest, as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution and our statutes, from which he, as APC Candidate, drew huge benefit in 2014”.