The Peoples Democratic Get together (PDP) says “shifting the inauguration day” of President Muhammadu Buhari’s second time period from Could 29 to June 12 won’t confer recognition on a “stolen mandate.”
On Monday, Lai Mohammed, minister of knowledge, introduced that the inauguration could be low key as a result of many occasions had been moved to June 12, the nation’s new Democracy Day.
“It’s clear that the presidency and the All Progressives Congress, APC, being suffering from the guilt of violating our electoral processes, can now not boldly method the oath guide on Could 29, as a result of burden of illegitimacy and now seeks refuge within the sanctity of June 12, our Democracy Day,” learn the assertion signed by Kola Ologbondiyan, the get together’s spokesman.
“The presidency and the APC from our current historical past, have demonstrated that they’re completely averse to democracy. They need to due to this fact avoid our Democracy Day, having violated all our democratic ethos in manipulating the presidential elections and upturning the mandate of the individuals; the identical injustice which chief MKO Abiola, the image of June 12, fought and died for.
“Chief Abiola stood and died for democracy. Any try due to this fact to schedule any occasion associated to the end result of the rigged 2019 presidential election on June 12 could be an open desecration of the sanctity of the Democracy Day and a direct assault to the sensibilities of Nigerians.
“Furthermore, the PDP rejects this absurd desperation by the presidency and the APC to overshadow the import of our Democracy Day and stifle the search by Nigerians to vent their anger towards the democratic violations of the APC administration within the final 4 years.
“The PDP counsels the Presidency to notice that making an attempt to grab our Democracy Day can not confer legitimacy to a rigged election, neither can it erase the litany of violations together with human rights abuses, assault on democratic establishments, significantly the Legislature and the Judiciary; clamp down on opposition figures, clipping of the media, extra-judicial killings, arbitrary arrests and unlawful detention of residents, and the rigging of the 2019 Presidential election.
“The PDP needs the presidency and the APC to grasp that what’s paramount to majority of Nigerians now could be the retrieval of the stolen mandate, which they freely gave to Atiku Abubakar, on the tribunal in order that our nation can benefit from the values of freedom, justice, equity and fairness embedded in our constitutional democracy.”