PDP charges Nigerians to rise against fascism
Director, Media and Publicity of the PPCO, Kola Ologbondiyan, gave the charge during a media briefing at the PDP Presidential Campaign Office, Legacy House, Abuja.
He alleged that the President Muhammadu Buhari administration was planning to enmesh the country in crisis so as to create tension and ensure that votes do not count in the 2019 general election.
His words: “Nigerians are already aware that the APC and Buhari are not serious with campaigns ahead of the Presidential elections. They know that the APC and President Buhari are seeking ways to enmesh the election in crisis, stalemate the electoral process and pave way for rigging and actualisation of plots to perpetuate him (Buhari) in office.”
He argued that this was evident in the state of the nation’s polity; violation of the constitution, continuous attacks on democratic institutions and principle of separation of powers, consistent abuse of human rights, erosion of personal freedom, extra-judicial killings, illegal detentions and attack on peaceful protesters.
He also stated that with clampdown on the media and vocal members of the Civil Society, unleashing brutality on innocent citizens, that have characterised the Buhari Presidency, it was clear that the country was on a rapid descent into fascism, which, he said, should be resisted at the polls.
Ologbondiyan further lamented that freedom and personal liberty of Nigerians were under threat, adding: “Our rights as constitutionally guaranteed are about to be completely taken away. Our last lines of defence as a free people; our legislature and our judiciary are also under siege.”
He, therefore, urged Nigerians to note that any vote for APC is an endorsement of fascism and allowing President Buhari another tenure will be a pathway to full totalitarianism, where citizens would be treated as vassals in a conquered territory.
“In our slide into fascism, Nigerians are daily falling victims of extreme torture, illegal detention, extra-judicial and arbitrary killings, forceful crackdown on peaceful protesters and mass burial by unrestrained agents of state, as detailed in the 2017/2018 Amnesty International (AI) Human Rights Report.
“This administration has turned out to be the most vicious in the history of our nation. Nigerians and the world must, therefore, rise in condemnation of this dangerous drift towards Hitler’s Germany, Mussolini’s Italy, Idi Amin’s Uganda, Charles Taylor’s Liberia and Than Shwe’s Burma,” he stated.
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