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PDP rejects Buhari’s Executive Order

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the asset seizure Executive Order signed by President Muhammadu Buhari, saying it is in total indifference to the provisions of the 1999 constitution.

The party in a statement yesterday ‎by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan also described the Order as reprehensible and a risky step towards fascism.

The party argued that the Nigerian constitution does not, under any section, give such “fascist powers” on the President in a democracy.

“Therefore, President Buhari’s unilateral Executive Order is a travesty of justice and rule of law, as it vehemently seeks to hijack and usurp the powers of both the legislature and the courts and vest it on himself so that he can use same at will, as a political instrument, to haunt, traumatize, harass and victimize perceived political opponents.”

“In order words, Mr. President wants to change our democratic governance to a military regime, in line with his lamentation, two days ago, that the fight against corruption will be better under a military regime than under a democracy.”

“It is instructive to emphasize that the PDP is not in any way opposed to the fight against corruption. Rather, the party holds that the imposition of this Executive Order, which is radically at variance with the provisions of the constitution, is totally unacceptable.”

“PDP takes this Executive Order 6 of 2018 as a reenactment of the obnoxious Decree 2 of 1984, which incidentally was also an enactment under then military Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari, and this must not be permitted in our current democratic dispensation.”

“If allowed, this Order will confer limitless powers on Mr. President, whose administration penchant for violation of rules and order already suggests a readiness for autocracy and a drive towards fascism,” the party said.

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has rejected the asset seizure Executive Order signed by President Muhammadu Buhari, saying it is in total indifference to the provisions of the 1999 constitution.

The party in a statement yesterday ‎by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan also described the Order as reprehensible and a risky step towards fascism.

The party argued that the Nigerian constitution does not, under any section, give such “fascist powers” on the President in a democracy.

“Therefore, President Buhari’s unilateral Executive Order is a travesty of justice and rule of law, as it vehemently seeks to hijack and usurp the powers of both the legislature and the courts and vest it on himself so that he can use same at will, as a political instrument, to haunt, traumatize, harass and victimize perceived political opponents.”

“In order words, Mr. President wants to change our democratic governance to a military regime, in line with his lamentation, two days ago, that the fight against corruption will be better under a military regime than under a democracy.”

“It is instructive to emphasize that the PDP is not in any way opposed to the fight against corruption. Rather, the party holds that the imposition of this Executive Order, which is radically at variance with the provisions of the constitution, is totally unacceptable.”

“PDP takes this Executive Order 6 of 2018 as a reenactment of the obnoxious Decree 2 of 1984, which incidentally was also an enactment under then military Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari, and this must not be permitted in our current democratic dispensation.”

“If allowed, this Order will confer limitless powers on Mr. President, whose administration penchant for violation of rules and order already suggests a readiness for autocracy and a drive towards fascism,” the party said.

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