PDP Blasts Buhari, Calls Him An Unrepentant Dictator
The Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP today reacted to a statement credited to former Head of State and Presidential Candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, in the 2011 general elections, General Muhammadu Buhari Buhari in which he accused the PDP of being a lawless party.
Buhari was quoted as saying in Kano last week that ”Under normal circumstances we are supposed to work strictly within the provisions of the constitution, but this is Nigeria and nothing is perfect and the only thing they have not tampered with between 1999 to date in Nigeria is the Holy Koran”, but the PDP in a statement released in Abuja today and obtained by Abusidiqu.com described Buhari as an unrepentant dictator who will never appreciate the achievements of others.
In its reaction to Buhari’s allegation, the PDP in the statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, accused Buhari of abusing the freedom he denied Nigerians of enjoying when he was military head of state. “There is still room for improvement no doubt, but Nigeria under the PDP has recorded tremendous gains in terms of advancing the rule of law and the fundamental rights of Nigerians, indeed, in other indices of good governance which democracy is usually expected to guarantee.
“We are shocked that an elder statesman could paint such an ugly picture, tissue of lies, of his dear nation just to advance his political fortunes.
We shudder that a former Head of State under whose watch freedom of expression landed many Nigerians in detention on account of his obnoxious decrees, and who now enjoys such freedom, is utterly ungrateful to the efforts of our great party in advancing the cause of democracy. If the CPC leadership does not understand what the rule of law is, let’s oblige them with little details.
“Today, criticisms, even destructive ones are hurled at the PDP led federal government and no one is harassed because we uphold the inalienable rights of the people which is at the heart of democracy We throw our doors open to criticism so that we accommodate alternative views”, the statement said in part.
While advising Buhari “to concentrate in giving Nigerians his alternative ideas and plan of action to what the PDP has at present or even engage us in a public debate on the values of good governance” the PDP said “We pray that his party or whatever alliance they are negotiating presents Buhari once more as a presidential candidate so that Nigerians will make their choice.”
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