Inaugurating Buhari on June 12 won’t make 2019 election credible – PDP
ABUJA-The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Tuesday, said
shifting the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari
for a second term in office from the traditional May 29 to
June 12, will not conferred legitimacy on the 2019 election.
National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP), Prince Uche Secondus and President
The party stated this in a reaction to a statement from the
Presidency that the big day would hold on June 12, a day
Nigerians trooped out to elect Moshood Kashimawo
Olawale, MKO, Abiola in 1993 in a free and fair manner.
In a statement issued by the party’s spokesman, Kola
Ologbondiyan, the PDP noted that the invitation of global
leaders for the big event “cannot confer international
recognition for a stolen mandate.”
The statement further read: “It is clear that the Presidency
and the All Progressives Congress, APC, being tormented by
the guilt of violating our electoral processes, can no longer
boldly approach the oath book on May 29, due to the
burden of illegitimacy and now seeks refuge in the sanctity
of June 12, our Democracy Day.
“The Presidency and the APC from our recent history, have
demonstrated that they are totally averse to democracy.
They should therefore steer clear of our Democracy Day,
having violated all our democratic ethos in manipulating the
Presidential elections and upturning the mandate of the
people; the same injustice which Chief MKO Abiola, the
symbol of June 12, fought and died for.
“Chief Abiola stood and died for democracy. Any attempt
therefore to schedule any event related to the outcome of
the rigged 2019 Presidential election on June 12 would be
an open desecration of the sanctity of the Democracy Day
and a direct assault to the sensibilities of Nigerians.
“Moreover, the PDP rejects this absurd desperation by the
Presidency and the APC to overshadow the import of our
Democracy Day and stifle the quest by Nigerians to vent
their anger against the democratic violations of the APC
administration in the last four years.
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“The PDP counsels the Presidency to note that trying to
seize our Democracy Day cannot confer legitimacy to a
rigged election, neither can it erase the litany of violations
including human rights abuses, assault on democratic
institutions, particularly the Legislature and the Judiciary;
clamp down on opposition figures, clipping of the media,
extra-judicial killings, arbitrary arrests and illegal detention
of citizens, and the rigging of the 2019 Presidential election.
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“The PDP wants the Presidency and the APC to understand
that what is paramount to majority of Nigerians now is the
retrieval of the stolen mandate, which they freely gave to
Atiku Abubakar, at the tribunal so that our nation can enjoy
the values of freedom, justice, fairness and equity embedded
in our constitutional democracy.”
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