The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that the concerns raised by former President Olusegun Obasanjo, is a clarion call to Nigerians to rise in defence of democracy in the coumtry.
Obasanjo had released a statement titled ‘Points for Concern and Action’ detailing President Muhammadu Buhari’s scheme to use government institutions to subjugate Nigerians, undermine the democratic system, manipulate the 2019 general elections in the favour of All Progressives Congress (APC). Obasanjo also alleged that President Buhari wants to return the country country to the era of General Abacha.
In a statement on Sunday by the spokesman for the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP stated that Obasanjo’s submission has also reinforced its position that President Buhari and the APC, having realized that there is no way he can win in a free and fair election, are now besieging all democratic institutions, including the Judiciary, the Legislature, the INEC, while engaging in acts that threaten the unity, peace and corporate existence of the nation. PDP therefore called on Nigerians to rise against this act of desperation.
The statement said, “We are however not surprised that the APC, a party that has shown that it is completely anti-people, quickly rose in defence of the Buhari Presidency’s assault on our democratic order. The APC has always been a deceptive soulless mob that would rather have our nation burn than to be out of power.
“President Obasanjo’s concern is therefore a clarion call to all compatriots, irrespective of ethnic, religious and political affiliations to rise in defence of our democracy.
“He has reinforced the fact that this nation belong to all of us; that our pride as a people lies in our resilience and globally acclaimed ability to rise above and defeat every situation that challenges our nationhood.
“The PDP therefore calls on all Nigerians to be at alert at this critical time to stop President Buhari and the APC on their anti-democratic trails with our votes.
“We should never allow anybody to set our nation on fire just to achieve selfish ambitions. We must eschew all our differences and unite in using our votes to take back our country from this dwindling, incompetent, ineffectual, corrupt and anti-people administration.
“If we don’t take action with our votes, we would be giving up our nation to totalitarian forces at our own peril and those of generations yet unborn”.