June 12: PDP condemns  clampdown on peaceful protesters

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Saturday condemned the violent clampdown by agents of the federal government on Nigerians who were on peaceful protest on Democracy Day.
The party in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, described the brutal clampdown on citizens as a sacrilegious demonstration of the All Progressives Congress’  aversion to democracy as well as its barefaced repugnance towards Nigerians, particularly in their demands for their rights.
“It is awkward that the APC and President Buhari, who were allowed their freedom when they protested in 2014, would turn around to subject Nigerians to actions of inhumanity, including the use of firearms against the people, as being witnessed today.
“It is instructive to note that President Buhari, in his supposed Democracy Day address, failed to rein in his security operatives despite the cautions by the PDP. This places the culpability for whatever befalls Nigerians, in the face of the violent attacks by security agencies, on the APC as well as Mr. President’s desk, “the PDP said
The party further stated that they are not surprised that in his over 20 minutes speech, Mr. President never made any commitment towards upholding the democratic tenets of free speech, freedom of expression, freedom of association and right to peaceful protest, as enshrined in the 1999 Constitution and our statutes, from which he, as APC candidate, drew huge benefit in 2014.
The party said they are cataloguing all the infringements which the APC and President Buhari are rudely imposing on Nigerians and urges all global democratic institutions to take note of the violent infringements and clampdown on democracy in the country.
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