Critical Times News : PDP rejects June 12 as Democracy Day

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PDP rejects June 12 as Democracy Day

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has asked the ruling All Progressives Congress APC to steer clear of May 29 as Democracy Day.

The party accused the ruling APC of manipulating the 2019 presidential elections and upturned the mandate of the people which was the same injustice Chief MKO Abiola, the symbol of June 12, fought and died for.

In a statement signed and issued on Tuesday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP stressed that moving the presidential inauguration ceremonies from “May 29 to June 12 won’t confer any form of legitimacy to the outcome of the rigged 2019 presidential election”.

The main opposition party also asserted that inviting world leaders to the inauguration ceremony cannot confer international recognition to a purported stolen mandate.

According to Ologbondiyan: “It is clear that the Buhari Presidency and the APC, being tormented by the guilt of violating our electoral processes, can no longer boldly approach the oath book on May 29, due to the burden of illegitimacy and now seeks refuge in the sanctity of June 12, our Democracy Day.

“The Buhari Presidency and the APC from our recent history have demonstrated that they totally averse to democracy. They should, therefore, steer clear of our Democracy Day, having violated all our democratic ethos in manipulating the Presidential elections and upturning the mandate of the people; the same injustice which Chief MKO Abiola, the symbol of June 12, fought and died for.

“Chief Abiola stood and died for democracy. Any attempt therefore to schedule any event related to the outcome of the rigged 2019 Presidential election on June 12 would be an open desecration of the sanctity of the Democracy day and a direct assault to the sensibilities of Nigerians.

“Moreover, the PDP rejects this absurd desperation by the Buhari Presidency and the APC to overshadow the import of our Democracy Day and stifle the quest by Nigerians to vent their anger against the democratic violations of the APC administration in the last four years.”

PDP also called on the “Buhari Presidency to note that trying to seize our Democracy Day cannot confer legitimacy to a rigged election, neither can it erase the litany of violations including human rights abuses, assault on democratic institutions, particularly the Legislature and the Judiciary; clamp down on opposition figures, clipping of the media, extra-judicial killings, arbitrary arrests and illegal detention of citizens, and the rigging of the 2019 Presidential election.”

“We want the Buhari Presidency and the APC to understand that what is paramount to majority of Nigerians now is the retrieval of the stolen mandate, which they freely gave to Atiku Abubakar, at the tribunal so that our nation can enjoy the values of freedom, justice, fairness and equity embedded in our constitutional democracy.”

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