PDP Rues APC’s Perceived Intolerance Of Dissent

We Will Continue To Win, Says Wike
THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lamented the inability of President Muhammadu Buhari and leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC), to accept constructive criticisms of their administration, with equanimity.
This is just as Governor Nyesom Ezenwo Wike of Rivers State has declared that if elections were conducted ten times in the state, PDP candidates would still emerge victorious due to the commitment of the party to the wellbeing of the people.
In a statement, made available to journalists yesterday, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, said it was unfortunate that APC and its leaders, who gleefully and unjustifiably poured invectives on former President Goodluck Jonathan in the guise of playing the role of opposition party, would now not want to condone criticisms.
PDP insisted that Buhari had demonstrated serious traits of a tyrant, lamenting that APC leadership could declare that it would no longer condone criticism even when some people had described PDP’s style as being too civil.
“In its reaction, his party National Chairman, John Oyegun magisterially
and dictatorially warned that ‘we (APC) may not condone such anymore.’
Our position in the PDP is that we are in trouble as a nation. All we hear from the APC regarding our freedom is ‘we won’t tolerate’, ‘we
won’t condone.’ are these words used by democrats or tyrants?”
“The real trait of the President was unraveled during the media chat when he repeatedly showed his scorn for the Legislature, an independent arm of government while sanctioning security agencies’ disrespect for court orders and the impunity of continuous incarceration of people who have been granted bails by the courts,” the statement noted.
PDP further regretted that President Buhari had even pronounced a guilty verdict on Col Sambo Dasuki and Nnamdi Kanu of Radio Biafra even before the hearings by the courts adding that even the international community had noted “this brazen scorn and disdain for the independence of the judiciary.”
“Besides, it is sad and embarrassing that President Buhari’s anti-corruption crusade has now been reduced to a war between the APC and the PDP, as declared by the office of his spokespersons. Since they
have confirmed that this is what the anti-corruption crusade is all about, the APC is obviously seeking to destroy the PDP so that it can push through Buhari’s second tenure in 2019 without opposition from the PDP.”
Part of the statement read: “The APC and its leaders fear that Dasuki, given his vast political and security network, may be harbouring a presidential ambition, more so as the PDP has zoned its presidential ticket to the north.
“The PDP is conversant with the sinister plan by the APC-led Federal
Government to completely decimate our party by raking up all manners of allegations of corruption against the Goodluck Jonathan administration and leaders of the PDP with a view to taking them to court on orchaestrated charges.”
Similarly Wike disclosed that the people of Rivers are waiting for the full deployment of card readers, saying that the defeated APC in Rivers State will not win any unit, as according to him the APC and its sponsors have since betrayed the people.
In a statement, the governor’s Special Adviser on Electronic Media, Mr. Simon Nwakaudu, said Wike made the remarks while addressing a cross section of Rivers people at the state’s New Year Banquet in Government House, Port Harcourt on Friday night.
Wike charged the people of the state to always respect the judiciary irrespective of   judgments, noting that the stability of the country depends on the judiciary.
While noting that his administration has respected the full separation of powers leading to the independence  of the Judiciary  and the legislative  arms of government, the governor expressed happiness that he lived up to his promise to revive the judiciary  after the immediate  past administration closed the courts for two years.
He pointed out that the same Rotimi Amaechi was the first person to take advantage of the revived judiciary by rushing to court over the Judicial Commission of Inquiry noting that “never again will the State House of Assembly be subjected to sitting in Government House under the guidance of  the  governor as was the case before I took over.”

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