The Peoples’ Democratic Party(PDP), Kaduna State Chapter, has said that democracy is fast eroding in Nigeria especially in Kaduna State, counting on events that happened in the last three years.
PDP described the 2018 Democracy Day Celebration as a day of sober reflection with nothing to celebrate.
In a democracy day statement signed by its State Publicity Secretary, Abraham Alberah Catoh, PDP said only 3 years down the line, the tenets of democracy is fast eroding.
“The All Progressive Congress(APC)-led Federal and State Governments have been destroying the major Institutions of our democratic state.”
“Arbitrary arrests of innocent law abiding Nigerians ,attacks on journalists ,media trials of perceived enemies and “corrupt politicians” from the opposition parties or dissenting voices ,unconstitutional demolition of properties belonging to Nigerians and opposing political actors and demolition of markets.”
“The APC is trying so hard to destroy the separation of powers between the National Assembly and the Executive,” the statement said.
The party said in the last 3 years that the APC took over power, it has failed Nigerians that voted for “change” completely, at all levels.
“Three years is enough time to assess any serious government. The APC has refused to fulfil its campaign promises and have continued in their blame game attitude,unabated because of their ineptitude.”
“In Kaduna State , there is no single project initiated and completed by Governor Nasiru El-Rufai ,even with the quantum of monies ,running into trillions of Naira from the Federation Account,Paris Club refund,bail outs,loans and grants,and proceeds from the sale of Government houses and properties.”
“The spate of uncompleted projects in Kaduna State is an eye sore,with no hope of completion in sight. In furtherance of the El-Rufai anti-people policies ,over 50,000 civil servants were sacked without recourse to laid down rules ,even with their campaign promise of providing jobs to our teeming youths. The APC also promised to revive the ailing textiles industries, but as usual with the El-Rufai and APC administration,that is synonymous with lies and propaganda, nothing has changed, rather the people are worse off.”
The PDP also describes the APC as the worst thing that has happened to Nigeria’s19 year democracy.
“A party that prides itself as a change platform, that won elections through a transparent balloting, using the Card Reader, is afraid of using same process to conduct Local Government Councils elections.”
“They could not allow a level playing field for all parties to participate fully. The election was an embarrassment to the electoral process; the APC missed an opportunity of writing its name in gold, just like the PDP did in 2015 general elections. With all their claims of fanthom “achievements”, the people were ready to vote against them.”
“And in places where elections took place,the people voted against them. While the APC desperate politicians stole away Voting materials i.e Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs),results sheets et al,to hotels and some other pasts of the State ,because they were scared of losing the elections . What a shame !
“The spate of wanton killings by herdsmen and unknown gun men and kidnappings is unprecedented, people are maimed and killed without government intervention, but even with the glaring lack of government’s delibrate intervention in protecting the citizens, Governor El-Rufai announced to the world that “the security situation in Nigeria is only exaggerated by the media”, he further described it as lacking substance enough to be a topic of discussion.”
“No wonder ,the government has allowed the reckless killings and kidnappings in Birnin Gwari ,Giwa ,and Southern Kaduna to go on, even with the payment of “compensation” to these terrorists by the Governor. Let’s, together change the change of shame in 2019,” the statement added.