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June 12: Nigerians Are Angry, PDP Tells Tinubu

The Peoples Democratic Party has warned President Bola Tinubu against the rising destitution in Nigeria, adding that the reaction of hungry people is better imagined.

The party also called the President to line “with democratic tenets, listen to Nigerians and review his policies that are suffocating life in the country.”

In a statement on Tuesday to commemorate Nigeria’s Democracy Day, observed annually on June 12, PDP National Publicity Secretary Debo Ologunagba criticized the APC administrations since 2015 for allegedly undermining the democratic principles, legacies, and values that the late Chief MKO Abiola fought and died for.

The opposition party urged Nigerians to use this year’s Democracy Day as an opportunity to speak out against the anti-democratic tendencies of the insensitive APC.

The statement read in part, “The party charges Nigerians to use the occasion of this year’s Democracy Day to speak against the anti-democratic tendencies of the insensitive APC, which is asphyxiating, inflicting hardship, trampling on the Will and rights of the citizens and seeking to foist a totalitarian system on our nation.

“It is distressing that our nation is observing Democracy Day under a system that relishes in brazen violation of the Constitution, election rigging, stifling and manipulation of opposition, muzzling of dissenting voices; undermining the judicial system and other democracy institutions in desperation to turn Nigeria into a one-party State.

“More disquieting is that all the progress and gains made by successive PDP administrations in entrenching democratic practice in Nigeria have been reversed by the APC administrations.”

Ologunagba stated that the PDP government, through its privatization and commercialization policy, liberalized the economy, resulting in improved fortunes for Nigerian citizens.

It continued, “Nigerians can recall with nostalgia the glorious days of the PDP at the return of Democracy in 1999 to 2015, which period witnessed the expansion of democracy practice and dividend; notably the conduct of free and fair elections; adherence to the Rule of Law and Principle of Separation of Powers, economic transformation resulting in Nigeria becoming a preferred foreign investment destination in the world.

“Also, the PDP Government, through its privatization and commercialization policy, liberalized the economy and the consequential improvement in the fortune of Nigeria citizens.

“Democracy is all about the supremacy of the Will of the people, the Rule of Law and the pursuit of the security and wellbeing of citizens.These ideals have been completely violated by the APC administrations, whose leaders have no respect for public opinion but delight in burdening the people through multiple taxes and looting of treasury to finance their luxury appetite while subjecting other Nigerians to a life of fear, uncertainty, despondency and abject poverty.”

The PDP described it as saddening that instead of celebrating freedom and good governance—the essence of democracy championed by Chief MKO Abiola—Nigerians are suffering due to the alleged exploitative and poorly implemented anti-people policies of the APC, which have exacerbated poverty in the country.

According to the PDP, the rise in fuel prices and electricity tariffs, without any corresponding policies or programs aimed at improving people’s welfare, further highlights the anti-people stance of the APC administration.

The party also questioned the situation, pointing out the provocation of seeing APC leaders allegedly enjoying luxury while many Nigerians cannot afford their daily meals and other necessities of life.

The statement added, “The recent opening of the N21 billion luxury mansion for Vice President Ibrahim Shettima by President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, in a country of collapsing infrastructure; with over 40% unemployment rate; where millions of citizens are literally starving; and where our schools and hospitals lack the basic operation equipment and tools is only a glimpse into the insensitivity, arrogance, impunity and reckless misdirection of resources that pervade the APC administrations.

“Our party urges President Tinubu to use the occasion of Democracy Day to have a deep reflection on the state of the nation under his watch, especially given the growing public agitation over hunger and the high cost of living in the country.

“The PDP again reminds President Tinubu that there is destitution in the land and that the reaction of a hungry people is better imagined. Mr President should, in keeping with democratic tenets, listen to Nigerians and review policies that are suffocating life in the country.”

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