The Peoples Democratic Party has accused the All Progressives Congress and the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), of clamping down on citizens’ rights.
The party made this known on Saturday via a statement titled, ‘June 12: PDP condemns APC, Buhari’s clampdown on peaceful protesters’, signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.
Nigerian citizens across the country and overseas have embarked on a June 12 Democracy Day protest.
We had earlier reported that operatives of the Nigerian Police Force tear-gassed protesters in Lagos and the Federal Capital Territory.
In the statement, the PDP condemned the act by the operatives, accusing APC and Buhari of “violent clampdown” on protesters’ rights.
The statement read, “The Peoples Democratic Party condemns, in the strongest term ever, the violent clampdown by agents of the All Progressives Congress and President Muhammadu Buhari on Nigerians who are peacefully protesting on Democracy Day.
“The party describes the brutal clampdown on citizens on Democracy Day as a sacrilegious demonstration of APC’s aversion to democracy as well as its barefaced repugnance towards Nigerians, particularly in their demands for their rights.
“It is awkward that the APC and President Buhari, who were allowed their freedom when they protested in 2014, would turn around to subject Nigerians to actions of inhumanity including the use of firearms against the people, as being witnessed today.”
PDP also called on international organisations to take note of the current happenings.
“Our party is cataloguing all the infringements which the APC and President Buhari are rudely imposing on Nigerians and we urge all global democratic institutions to take note of the violent infringements and clampdown on democracy in Nigeria by the APC,” the statement read.