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Nigeria Drifting Into Dictatorship –PDP Governors

By Collins Amadi – The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors have alleged Nigeria is presently under a ‘shadow’ democratic rule and drifting into dictatorship.

The allegation was raised Tuesday in a communiqué presented by the PDP Governors’ Forum Chairman, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, after a meeting of the body, at the inner chamber of the Bayelsa State Governor’s office Yenagoa, the State capital.

The Ondo State Governor in the communiqué decried last week invasion of Akwa Ibom State Government House by the operatives of the Department of the State Security (DSS), contending that the development was against the spirit, ethos, values and fundamental tenets of democratic norms and tradition.

The opposition demanded that the trend must stop henceforth, positing that no democracy survived without a viable opposition in any part of the world, hence, the need to remind the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) that it was real a beneficiary of the “liberal democratic ethos of the PDP”.

The Governors advised the DSS to preoccupy itself with the task of ensuring internal security and desist from “daily harassing and intimidating members of the opposition”, as well as called on the international community, the civil society organizations and human rights activists to prevail on the APC-led Federal Government (FG) and insisted that the party should respect the well-entrenched democratic tradition.

While noting that every Nigerian has a duty to prevent seemingly “slide of this country into dictatorship”, Governor Mimiko indicated that the PDP Governors were worried and shocked by last weekend’s desecration, insisting that it was an assault on the country’s democracy.

The Akwa Ibom’s experience in Mimiko’s submission spelt doom and posed serious threat to the Nigerian growing democracy.



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