The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has frowned at the clampdown on peaceful ‘June 12 protesters’ yesterday [Saturday].
Many demonstrators, who stormed the street, in a bid to protest (peacefully) against the deteriorating state of the country, where dispersed with tear gas by security operatives.
PDP, in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan said, “The brutal clampdown on Nigerian citizens is sacrilegious, and unconstitutional”.
The statement reads in part:
“The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) condemns, in the strongest term ever, the violent clampdown by agents of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and President Muhammadu Buhari on Nigerians who are peacefully protesting on Democracy day.
“It is awkward that the APC, and President Buhari, who was 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 witnessed the day”.
The party claimed President Buhari, in his democracy Day address, failed to rein in his security operatives, despite cautions by the PDP.
“This places the culpability for whatever befalls Nigeria in the face of the violent attacks by security agencies on the APC, as well as Mr President desk”.
The PDP said it was not surprised that in the 20 minutes speech Mr President never made any commitment towards upholding the democracy 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, vas APC candidate, drew huge benefit in 2014.
The party added, that it was cataloging all the infringements which it said the APC, and president Buhari were imposing on Nigerians and urged all global democratic institutions to takevnot of the infringements and clampdown on democracy in Nigeria by the APC.
Ijeoma Njoku reporting, Obinwannem News | June 13, 2021