The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of making statements that show him as a dictator instead of a democratic leader.
The major opposition party further alleged that the President’s statements are arrogant and capable of inciting war in Nigeria.
The PDP in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan warned President Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to stop infringing on the constitutional rights of Nigerians to demand for restructuring.
The statement noted that while the PDP believes in the unity of Nigeria, citizens have every right to demand better governance and an end to insecurity affecting the nation as a whole.
It also accused Buhari and the APC of going back on several promises made to Nigerians before assuming power and now showing arrogant and dictatorial tendencies, noting that 2023 is around the corner.
According to the party, “President Buhari’s reported remarks that he and his All Progressives Congress had no time for the call by Nigerians, across board, for a discourse on the state of the nation, particularly in the face of worsening insecurity, economic hardship and sectional disagreements, further demonstrates their arrogant and dictatorial disposition towards the people.
“It is instructive to inform President Buhari that, as citizens of a democratic state, Nigerians have every right to demand constitutional restructuring as well as a democratic forum to deliberate on good governance and national cohesion.”
It added that “It is appalling, and to say the least, despicable, that Mr. President and his party, the APC, who came to power in 2015 on the promise of restructuring, have not only reneged, in utter duplicity towards Nigerians but also turned around, six years after, to label restructuring as warfare and Nigerians demanding for it as “mischievously dangerous”.
“President Buhari should be tutored to know that even the quest for efficient local government system as well as an effectual judiciary, which he alluded to as a focus, can only be achieved through a constitutional restructuring that directly confers and vests the required powers and control to them.
“Only recently, President Buhari confessed how he asked some state governors who came to him on issues of security to go back to their respective states and face the challenge,
“The amendment or alteration of the constitution to permit state police as widely demanded by Nigerians is, therefore, a form of restructuring that will adjust our policing system without creating a war.
“In as much as the PDP hold the unity and indivisibility of our nation as supreme, our party, however, supports amendments that will alter the 1999 Constitution (as amended) in any manners that will engender good governance and reinforce, rather than detract from her unity, peace, equity and stability.
“Moreover, our party invites Nigerians to note that the APC, as a party, does not have any iota of regard for their aspiration as a people, and as such must not be further entrusted with the fate of our nation after the Buhari abysmal tenure.
“On Mr. President’s allusion to a power of selection over whom he will cede power to, the PDP informs President Buhari and his APC to understand that political power belongs to Nigerians and the people will determine who governs them after the Buhari and APC’s era, which will come to an inevitable end on May 29, 2023.”
In other news, Usman Baba of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been declared the winner of Saturday’s by-election for Sabon Gari Constituency in the Kaduna State House of Assembly.
Naija News reports that Baba was declared the winner by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Announcing the election result in Zaria, the returning officer, Dr. Mohammed Musa, disclosed that the PDP candidate polled a total of 9,113 votes to defeat his closest rival, Musa Musa of the All Progressive Congress (APC) who polled 7,404 votes to come second.