The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has sounded a grave warning to Nigerians and the international community, flagging a dangerous slide into what they termed “totalitarianism and anarchy” under the rule of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In a stark statement signed by its national publicity secretary, Hon. Debo Ologunagba, the PDP accused the APC of systematically dismantling democratic institutions, mainly targeting the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the judiciary.
They allege a concerted effort to mould a one-party state in Nigeria, citing manipulated elections and contradictory court judgments that seemingly defy the country’s constitution, electoral laws, and INEC’s regulations.
Expressing profound concerns over contested electoral outcomes in Plateau, Zamfara, Sokoto, Kebbi, Nasarawa, and other states, the PDP insists that victories rightfully belonging to their candidates were allegedly overturned in favour of APC contenders through judicial processes.
Part of the statement read:
“This situation is a clear and present danger to the sustenance of Nigeria’s democracy, unity, political stability and corporate existence as a nation, which is capable of breeding agitation, citizens loss of confidence in the system, restiveness, anarchy and chaos.
“Democracy must be allowed to thrive as the government of the people as expressed by their Will at elections. Any intrusion, breach, violation and/or transgression against that expressed will as being witnessed today under the APC is a clear recipe for serious political crisis and portends grave consequences for our country.
“It is, therefore imperative to draw the attention of Nigerians and the whole world to the undermining and crippling of democracy and the danger our nation is facing at this moment.
“The PDP calls on President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, as the custodian of the government to come clean by speaking out and denouncing any attempt or action that is capable of stifling democracy, the Rule of Law and muzzling of the independence of the judiciary, which is suggestive of a fait accompli on election matters pending before the Courts.
“Our party urges the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) and the President of the Court of Appeal to step in and assert the independence of the judiciary at this critical time for the defence and sustenance of democracy and the Rule of Law in Nigeria.
“The PDP charges Nigerians and indeed all lovers of democracy across the world to rise to the occasion, speak out and take urgent legitimate steps to defend, protect and preserve our hard-earned democracy from the onslaught of the APC.”