US Secretary of State, John Kerry (L) and President Muhammadu Buhari
The People Democratic Party (PDP), has called on the United States of America and the international community to advise President Muhamadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to observe the tenets of democracy.
The National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh, made the call during visits to US National Democratic Institute and the International Republican Institute in Abuja on Thursday.
Metuh said PDP, haven ruled Nigeria for 16 years, expected that respect for separation of power and other democratic agencies would continue.
Metuh said he was at the institutes to express PDP’s worries over some of the issues happening to the Nigeria democracy within the last two months.
“We are worried about the attempt by our government to harass and influence the detention of the Senate’s Deputy President, Ike Ekweremadu,” Metuh said.
The PDP spokesman said the President was sidelining other political parties in his governance, noting that, he has chosen to be travelling abroad with only his party members contrary to previous practice.
“The reason these issues are being raised now is that in less than one week, our President will be visiting USA.
“It will be necessary at this point for it to be stressed to him that he should observe the tenets of democracy in Nigeria,” Metuh said.
Olisa Metuh, PDP National Publicity Secretary
Metuh also said PDP would not accept the outcome of any election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), if Mrs Amina Zakari, remained its head.
“PDP will find it difficult to accept outcome of any election if it loses any election under Zakari,” Metuh added.
He said this was due to her close relationship to Buhari.
Metuh commended the institutes’ contributions to Nigeria’s democratic development, and called for their partnership of PDP in opposition.
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Source:: PM Newspaper