Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the All Progressives Congress, APC, yesterday renewed their war of words over alleged abuses of the rights of Nigerians and official terrorism by the APC administration.
PDP fired the first salvo saying that the deliberate infractions and crass abuse of power by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC government is sliding the nation into fascism and official terrorism.
In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, PDP alerted that the President Buhari-led regime has exhibited trappings of despotism, including, “ruling without a constitutional component of a cabinet, persistent abuse of power, undermining of democratic institutions, invasion of state government and personal houses, injecting confusion into the judiciary and hounding of individuals perceived to be against its interests.”
The party expressed worry over the “relentless onslaught against democratic institutions, especially the growing tension trailing the quest to annex the National Assembly, for which the Presidency had since vowed not to recognise the current Senate leadership, in total disdain to the independence of the legislature and the principle of separation of powers.”
“Ordinarily, the intra-party squabbles within the APC, regarding leadership positions in the Senate are not necessarily our concern. Also, we are not interested in whether Senate President Bukola Saraki ran for the APC Presidential ticket against President Muhammadu Buhari; or whether he ran for the Senate Presidency against the advice of the President and his party. Our concerns here are the prevailing executive intolerance, the undermining of the institution of the National Assembly and the overall threat to the survival of our democracy,” it said listing reservations regarding proceedings in the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
“We note this dangerous trend because the Presidency and the APC have not hidden their aversion to the election of Senators Bukola Saraki and Ike Ekweremadu as Senate President and Deputy Senate President respectively, even as the fact of various moves to oust them from office, including the recent unsubstantiated allegations of forgery and harassments by the federal controlled security agencies are in the public domain.” In its reaction, the APC said the opposition PDP has fully launched counter-offensive against federal government’s anti-corruption battle.
According to the APC national publicity secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, ‘’Saturday’s press statement by the PDP is nothing but a thinly-veiled frontal assault on the relentless efforts of the Buhari Administration’s to clean the Augean Stable of the last PDP Federal Government.
‘’With its statement that is nothing but an unabashed support for impunity and corruption, as well as its major actors, the PDP has now confirmed itself as the official ‘poster boy’ for corruption in Nigeria,’’ it said.

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