The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday petitioned a case of sabotage of Nigeria’s democracy before a delegation of the British High Commission led by Political Counsellor on Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), Jonathan Bacon, who visited the PDP’s National Secretariat to discuss the UK-Nigeria bilateral relations.
Speaking to the delegation, the party’s National Chairman, Uche Secondus while lamenting the damage done to the electoral reforms in place prior to the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015, said all was not well under the present administration of Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The opposition leader noted that for five and half years, democracy has been under “severe stress” and critical institutions of democracy brutalized.
According to the party chieftain, all tenets of democracy has been attacked under the government of Buhari.
“The judiciary, legislature and the media have been under siege, while human rights and rule of law have all been flagrantly abused,” he said.
“Though the APC administration came into power as beneficiary of a transparent and credible election conducted under the PDP, it has not been able to conduct any free and fair election.”
He also accused the APC of abusing the electoral process and frustrating the desires and efforts of Nigerians to further amend the Electoral Act.
The chairman added that it had reached a point where stakeholders, out of frustration, are calling on the people to defend themselves due to government failure.
On the economy, Secondus told the UK official that the APC plunged Nigeria into the worst economic hardship, owing to “incompetence, lack of clear-cut policy direction, insensitivity to the plight of Nigerians and unprecedented corruption”.
“Indeed, this is not the way our nation should be. We must come together to rescue our nation by commencing critical conversations within the ambit of the law and democratic practice to salvage the situation” he added.