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Invasion of court by DSS confirms Nigeria is sliding into dictatorship, PDP declares

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PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday alleged that “the furious invasion of the sanctity of the Federal High Court by the Department of State Service (DSS) further confirms that Nigeria, under the Buhari Presidency, is finally sliding into a frightening dictatorship.”

The party, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said “the nation is no longer governed by democratic principles of rule of law and dictates of the constitution.”

According to him, the invasion represented a forceful suspension of the country’s constitutional order.

He said: “Today, the world watched with shock as operatives of the Presidency-controlled DSS, in a most horrific manner, swooped on the court, held the judiciary to ransom, disrupted proceedings, scared away the judge, chased away lawyers and journalists, attacked and re-arrested persons standing trial within the precincts of the court, in a manner that can only be obtainable in Idi Amin’s Uganda.

“The invasion is a forceful suspension of our constitutional order and a further battering of the judiciary, which points to an emerging lawlessness that can only find space in a military regime.

“Without prejudice to the charge against the Convener of the ‘RevolutionNow’ movement, Mr. Omoyele Sowore, in a normal democracy, it is the duty of the court to determine the fate of an accused according to the laws and not a resort to brute force by the government to silence persons with dissenting voices.”

The party noted that such a violation was a direct invitation to anarchy and a huge threat to the unity, peace, stability and corporate existence of the nation and the safety of her citizens.

“Indeed, this is not the Nigeria our citizens yearn for and it is imperative to restate that Nigeria, under the Buhari Presidency, is fast sliding into a dark country where laws are suspended, the judiciary is assaulted and citizens are stripped of their fundamental rights,” the statement added.

The PDP called on well meaning Nigerians and the international community to call the Buhari Presidency to order before its actions derail our nation and trigger a breakdown of law and order in the land.

According to the party, “the international community must have more than a passing glance at the situation in Nigeria as any crisis in our country, God forbid, given our population, is capable of having a negative spill over effect across the African continent and other parts of the world.”

The PDP also urged Nigerians across board, “irrespective of political, religious and ethnic leanings to unite in condemnation of the dictatorial tendencies of the present administration and in defending our democracy and unity as a nation.”


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