The Peoples Democratic Party, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, has told Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, former Head of State, that the West African country is doing much better under the leadership of PDP compared to when Buhari was in power. It described Buhari‘s regime as a dark time in Nigerian history.
“There is no doubt that even the blind can distinguish between the daylight it is today and the deep dark night it was hitherto,” it said. “So stop inciting Nigerians against the government.”
According to the PDP, Buhari needs to acknowledge the progress the country had made in internalizing democratic culture since the return of democracy in 1999.
“We shudder that a former Head of State under whose watch freedom of expression landed many Nigerians in detention on account of his obnoxious decrees, and who now enjoys such freedom, is utterly ungrateful to the efforts of our great party in advancing the cause of democracy.”
The party was reacting to earlier comment made by Buhari that the ruling PDP had breached the 1999 Constitution on many occasions.
The Congress for Progressive Change’s presidential candidate for the 2011 general elections made the comment about PDP while on a visit to Kano last week.
But the PDP said it was shocked by such comments.
Their statement read in part, “If the CPC leadership does not understand what the rule of law is, let’s oblige them with little details.
“And for General Buhari, the evangelist of Rule of law, Nigerians wish to know if unlawful incitement of the populace to violence and attack on the institutions of democracy is part of the rule of law.”
It added that criticisms from the opposition would not make the government to deny Nigerians their inalienable rights.
The statement said, “The PDP loses elections and winners are sworn in; we do not use our incumbency at the center to stop the democratic wishes of the people.”
This, it said, was not so with the opposition parties, which it alleged was in the habit of rigging local government elections in their states.
It cited Lagos and Ogun states as examples where such incidents had happened.
It said because the Federal Government had nothing to hide, it enacted the Freedom of Information Act so that Nigerians would not be in the dark as to how the nation was being run.
The PDP advised Buhari to concentrate on giving Nigerians alternative ideas and plan of action to what the party had at present or even engage it in a public debate on the values of good governance.