…says APC actions against democracy and quality of lives
The International community has been invited to take note of the growing impunity by the All Progressive Congress led-Federal Government.
The International community has been invited to take note of the growing impunity by the All Progressive Congress (APC) led-Federal Government.
The gross infractions on the hallowed tenets of democratic ideal was capable of undermining the unity of Nigeria and derail the democratic process the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said in its communiqué issued at the end of the Special National Conference in Abuja.
According to the communiqué read by the National Secretary of the Party Professor Adewale Oladipo the rate of abuse of power and other violations of human right through selective war against corruption was capable of destroying the sixteen year old nurtured democracy in the country.
“Called on the international community to note the growing impunity, abuse of power, constitution infractions, violation of human rights, selective war against corruption, clamp down on the opposition, divisiveness and overall high-handedness; tendencies that pose great threat to our democracy and unity as a nation.”
The party which said the conference satisfied it’s constitutional requirement in Article 33 (5, 8) of the constitution of the Peoples Democratic Party condemned the what it described as an authoritarian leadership that violates human rights.It noted the decline in the economy and by extension the quality of the lives of the people causing greater concern.
The party said it will not tolerate judicial manipulations that would continue to hurt her interests stressing that it will continue to defend the mandate of the people in her care even as it express deep reservation on the fight against corruption.
The Communiqué reads in part: “Condemned in strongest terms the growing authoritarianism of the APC-led Federal Government which has been characterized by gross violation of human rights, constitutional infractions, invasion of a governor’s lodge and private homes, deliberate interference and instigation of crisis in the legislature, arm-twisting of the judiciary, undermining of democratic institutions like INEC, nepotism in appointments, abuse of power and clamp down on opposition elements.
“Noted the sudden decline in the economy and quality of life of Nigerians, occasioned by the lack of direction of the APC government, in addition to the growing tension and rancour in the polity as direct consequences of the divisive tendencies of the present administration.
“Denounced the prevailing selective application in the fight against corruption targeted at opposition elements and perceived opponents of the regime, while APC members with corruption charges are being rewarded with ministerial positions and other juicy appointments as well as APC tickets in the forthcoming governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states.
“Vehemently rejected the current manipulation of the judiciary and security forces by the APC-led Federal Government in its desperate bid to subvert the sovereign will of the people and forcefully take over states genuinely won by the PDP in the last general elections and ultimately impose a one-party state in Nigeria.
“Charged the new INEC leadership to assert the independence of the electoral body, resist all external influences and ensure free, fair and credible electoral process in Kogi and Bayelsa states and other future elections, as the PDP will NOT ACCEPT any results that do not reflect the true wishes and aspirations of the people, particularly in Kogi and Bayelsa states.
“Resolved to further expand the inclusion and the role of youths in Party programmes and policies, and take steps to guarantee representation in Party organs, develop roadmap for a vibrant youth participation and support concession for electoral contests.
“Unanimously commended the tenacity, commitment and dedication of the National Working Committee for rising to the challenge and holding forth at the most trying period in the history of our Party.”
-Patrick Osadebamwen, Abuja