Buhari's declaration is APC's internal affairs - PDP

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The PDP in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Wednesday, said it has been alerted by heinous plot by the APC-led Federal Government to silence its members and supporters across the country.

"It is obvious to all that the failed and rejected APC and its Federal Government are mortally afraid of the repositioned PDP that has become the new platform upon which Nigerians are now rallying to rescue our sinking ship of state from the APC at the 2019 general elections".

Part of the statement read, "Our dear nation is now passing through her darkest hours".

Ologbondiyan said they (APC), plan to "push a self-succession bid for President Muhammadu Buhari seeing that their chances of winning the presidential election is getting slimmer by the day".

The party spokesman added: "Our constitutional democracy is under severe attack". As we speak, Nigeria, as a nation is being pushed to the brinks and personal freedom of citizens under our constitution is no longer guaranteed.

He, however, noted that whether the President emerges the APC candidate at the primaries or not, the opposition party is not nervous as it is ever ready to reclaim power from the APC.

"If the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government knew all these while that the marauders and insurgents are invaders, then why is it engaging them in dialogue, reportedly paying ransoms and even considering the amnesty option for them".

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"Already, no fewer than 28 cases have been filed based on trumped-up charges".

The party also said it has uncovered plans by the APC to silence its Presidential aspirants ahead of the 2019 polls, even as it alleged that meetings between some judicial officers and "agents" of the ruling party have held to facilitate the conviction of its members now undergoing trials in courts of the land.

It further drew the attention of the global Community to what it described as APC's "desperate attempt" to win the 2019 general election for which it said the government would stop at nothing, including resorting to undemocratic proclivities, to cage the opposition.

"We have many things to focus on, like security, agriculture, economy, anti-corruption, and many others".

"We encountered some of them fighting with Boko Haram".

"This is in addition to a risky plot to arrest and detain members of the civil society, opinion leaders, the media and other professionals on trumped up charges of alleged politicization of security issues in the country, using compromised security and judicial officers".

The Rights group said the social contract binding Nigerians and the President as the elected head of government is valid only between the electorate and the person wielding the constitutional powers of the President of Nigeria for a given term usually donated through free, fair and transparent electoral process in a General election that is democratically conducted and supervision by members of the worldwide community and the organised Civil society community within Nigeria.

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