The Ekiti state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party( PDP) has described the ongoing nationwide protests codenamed #EndSARS, calling for end to all forms of police brutality, as a vote of no confidence in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and his party, the All Progressive Congress( APC).
The PDP, while reacting to the total lockdown of Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti state capital, on Monday, said the President should either reconsider his continued stay as the president or review his style of governance, which could no longer meet the yearnings and the aspirations of the Nigerian electorates.
Speaking through its State Publicity Secretary, Raphael Adeyanju, the party said the protest in the Ado Ekiti metropolis and other states , which paralysed both social and economic activities had caused a lot of discomfort to innocent residents of the country.
In a press statement made available to journalists in Ado Ekiti on Monday, Adeyanju noted: “One thing that is clear is that, this protest is not limited to Ekiti state. It is a nationwide development, which has sent a clear message to discerning minds that the APC has outlived its usefulness. The protest is a vote of no confidence on the APC administration.”
The PDP spokesperson, who accused the president of mischief, wondered why the Buhari would pretend to scrap SARS and immediately replaced it with more dreaded SWAT.
“The President was either wrongly advised by his security chiefs or he had decided to once again exhibit his legendary trait of insensitivity.
“A caring president would not be too eager to assault the sensibilities of the citizens by changing the name of a notorious federal agency accused of brutality to an obvious killer squad .What is the difference between SARS and SWAT?”
Adeyanju advised the president to urgently address the grievances of the protesting youths before things blown out of control.
“That the youths have come out to speak with one voice was a sign that Nigerians can no longer be taken for granted. The protest is not only against police brutality. It is against bad governance, broken promises, political incompetence, insecurity, and bad economic policies that has brought hunger and anger to the land.”
“This protest is a clamour for positive changes where every Nigerians will have equal sense of belonging, irrespective of tribe or religion. The president should address the problems of youth unemployment and under employment.
“We can not stop youth agitation with the type of insincerity that has just been displayed by the president while addressing the EndSARS crisis,” Adeyanju warned.