Nigeria’s main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) vowed on Friday, January 17, to protect and defend the country’s democracy and its institutions.
The party stated this in a Communiqué issued at the end of its 87th National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting where the participants observed that they have witnessed the destruction of democratic values, ethos and principles; consistent breach of the 1999 constitution (as amended).
The PDP also stated that it rejects the destructions of Nigeria’s democratic institution and values especially the independence of the legislature, the politicization of the judiciary and the compromising of security and electoral institutions.
The PDP lamented the gross abuse of the rule of law, the muzzling of the civil society and advocates of free speech as well as ordinary Nigerians.
The party said it totally condemns the “utter desecration of judicial tenets and values, climaxing in the national embarrassment of the Supreme Court’s manufacturing of votes and donating same to the APC and its candidate, Hope Uzodimma, thereby robbing the people of Imo state, of the mandate freely given to Hon. Emeka Ihedioha as their governor.”
The PDP also stated that it “observes that this calculated injustice perpetuated by the Supreme Court has proven that the judiciary under Justice Tanko Mohammed is no longer the last hope of the common man but rather the LOST HOPE of the common man in Nigeria.”
“The Supreme Court by its judicial summersault has eroded the faith and confidence, which Nigerians have in participatory election thereby showcasing that there will be no need for election in the future.
“The PDP stands with the people of Imo state and Hon. Emeka Ihedioha in all steps being taken to reverse this injustice and reclaim the governorship mandate stolen through the Supreme Court.
“The PDP assures Nigerians that, our party, through all available constitutional and legitimate means, including civil disobedience, will insist that this government must respect the rule of law and desist from influencing the judiciary, INEC and security agencies.
“The PDP will not allow the judiciary, security agencies and other institutions of governance to become departments of the APC,” the PDP further stated.