The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned the National Peace Committee to call President Muhammadu Buhari to order.
The opposition party says Buhari’s desperation for self-succession has become a major threat to Nigeria’s national unity, stability and peaceful electoral process.
The party further alleged that the Buhari presidency has been overheating the polity with its recent actions.
This was disclosed by the PDP Presidential Campaign Organization (PPCO), via its director; median and publicity, Kola Ologbodiyan, during a press conference on Sunday, January 6, in Abuja.
Ologbodiyan said: “We want the whole world to know that Nigeria is in a perilous time. President Muhammadu Buhari’s desperation for self-succession has become the major threat to our national unity, stability and peaceful electoral process.
“Having realized that Nigerians are rallying behind our candidate, Atiku Abubakar, as their next president, the Buhari presidency is now seeking ways to enmesh the electoral process in crisis.
“The Buhari presidency has been overheating the polity with its unending manipulations of INEC, muzzling of free speech and escalated clampdown on opposition and Civil Society Organizations and we insist that such must stop if we must have a peaceful election.”
The PPCO insists that there is no way peace can be guaranteed without a free and fair election, while making reference to the recent appointment of Mrs Amina Zakari as the head of the collation centre for the elections in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
There have been rumours that Mrs Zakari is a blood relation of President Muhammadu Buhari prompting massive protests over her appointment. Both Mrs Zakari and President Buhari have denied the allegations.
“Already, Nigerians across the board are livid with anger over the foisting of Mrs. Amina Zakari, President Buhari’s relation, to head the collation of presidential election results.
“President Buhari’s insistence on having his relation in charge of collation of presidential election results is completely provocative, a direct affront to the sensibilities of Nigerians and express invitation to crisis of epic proportion, which is capable of truncating the entire electoral process and derailing our hard-earned democracy.
“The world is aware that majority of Nigerians have rejected Mrs. Amina Zakari. Over 90 percent of the political parties in the election, as well as major political and socio-cultural groups across the country have also called for her resignation from INEC, yet President Buhari is insisting on her stay in the commission,” Ologbodiyan said.
The PPCO insisted that, “as long as Amina Zakari is in INEC, a peaceful election is not guaranteed because she has the mandate to abuse the process and this will not be accepted by Nigerians.”
“The PPCO therefore calls on the National Peace Committee to immediately speak out on the impropriety of having Amina Zakari in INEC as well as insist on her removal so that we can have a credible and peaceful presidential election,” he added.
Meanwhile, Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina state says Nigerians will not regret voting for the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 general elections.
Masari stated this in Matazu, Katsina state, on Sunday, January 6, during his re-election campaign tour.
He said President Muhammadu Buhari led-administration had recorded successes in the fight against corruption, road construction and infrastructure development.