Ballot-box snatchers: PDP blasts Buhari, APC, says President lacks regard for sanctity of lives

Peoples Democratic Party

The ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Abia state, has condemned President Muhammadu Buhari’s statement ahead of the rescheduled February 23 presidential and National Assembly general elections in the country.

Owojela's Blog reported that Buhari, while addressing All Progressives Congress, APC’s chieftains at a caucus meeting held at the party’s headquarters in Abuja, said whoever rigs the forthcoming elections or snatches ballot boxes does so at the risk of his life.

But the Publicity Secretary of PDP in Abia, Don Ubani, in a statement issued to newsmen on Tuesday, in Umuahia, the state capital, said the utterance has only confirmed that President Buhari has no regard for the sanctity of human life.

The party claimed that Nigeria has currently witnessed the worst form of human degradation and carnage under Buhari-led federal government.

Part of the statement reads, “A President, the world over, should be an embodiment of, decency, rule of law and statesmanship. A President should not be associated with language of brutality and crudeness.

“In as much as every well meaning citizen of Nigeria will wish to experience a hitch-free election, the President has no right to threaten the lives of Nigerians with extra judicial killings when the laws of the land have already taken care of such human errors or excesses.

“I was privileged to watch President Buhari on Television yesterday when he addressed his Party’s Caucus. He looked too ugly, frustrated, embittered, panicky and desperate. In every respect, he looked unpresidential. There was no iota of statesmanship in his mien. I even wondered if Mr President will not be so desperate that he might order the brutal assassination of the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission; Prof Mahmood Yakubu, in order to pave way for his marital relation, Mrs Amina Zakari, to take over as Chairman and rig him back to power.

“No matter his level of desperation, Mr President should not bring the Military into Nigeria’s democratic exercise. Asking the Military to shoot people is an avoidable invitation to anarchy.

“The Military he has never ordered to crack down on Fulani herdsmen that have killed hundreds of thousand farmers in many parts of Nigeria, should not be ordered to deal ruthlessly with Nigerians in a purely democratic environment.

“We call on the Peoples Democratic Party; PDP, Civil Society Organizations, the International Community, the Media and the Nigerian peoples to remain vigilante. President Buhari and his APC might still create hiccups for INEC against next Saturday’s election. They could do any thing to frustrate the Electoral body in order to achieve their aim of a staggered election.”