The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) have many morals to accommodate and internalise regarding how the democratic institutions in the United States stalled attempts by President Donald Trump to thwart democracy in that country.
The party noted the triumph of the democratic institutions in the US over plans by President Trump to subvert the country’s presidential election has reinforced demands by Nigerians on the Buhari administration to enable democratic institutions in Nigeria to function.
Trump lost the November 2020 presidential election, and mounted several blocks in the way of acualisation of outcomes of the election through spurious claims of fraud he battled vainly to ascertain.
He ended up by attempting to destroy the electoral sanctity by instigating violent attacks on democratic institutions, including the American Congress.
In a statement issued Friday by the spokesman for the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party clarified the US election served as a strong lesson to corrupt and power-drunk leaders.
It maintained no matter how desperate such leaders seek to manipulate the system, the will of the people and the constitution would always prevail in the end.
PDP said the insistence of the US judiciary and the legislature to uphold the provisions of their nation’s constitution has reinforced the triumph of the collective will of the people through their system.
PDP however expressed regrets the reverse was the case during the 2019 presidential election in Nigeria in which President Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) allegedly subverted the popular will of the people.
The PDP spoke: “Whereas our institutions of democracy including the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies were brazenly manipulated by the APC in the 2019 elections, the United States experience strengthens the determination by Nigerians to stand up against such manipulations ahead of 2023.
“The PDP therefore calls on all Nigerians including compatriots in INEC, the judiciary, the legislature, security forces, faith-based organizations, the media, civil society groups and other political parties to join forces with our party in the quest to reposition and strengthen our institutions for the task ahead.
“It is instructive to state that this is the only way to reposition our nation on the path of good governance, political stability, national cohesion and economic prosperity.
“Never again should individuals be allowed to manipulate our system, denigrate our constitution, lie to and incite unsuspecting citizens, promote violence, division and killings; compromise our security agencies, invade our courts and intimidate our judiciary, assault our National Assembly and trample on our laws, all in their inordinate bid to foist their selfish political interests.
“There is no overstressing the fact that but for the strong institutions put in place by patriotic leaders of the United States, that nation would have been thrown into terrible turmoil or succumb to a chaotic order that would have no regard for the law and the will of the people," Ologbondiyan said.
Urging the Buhari administration to check tendencies that weaken the nation’s institutions and encourage the manipulation of security, judiciary, legislative and electoral bodies, PDP said “Mr. President should take steps to ensure reforms that would strengthen our system, including ending all acts of nepotism in appointments into such sensitive institutions."
it said: “The American example equally underpins the demand for public officers, particularly the APC leadership in the National Assembly, to begin to pay greater loyalty to our country and her interest over the parochial interest of their party or the executive arm.
“The patriotism displayed by American Senate Leader, Mitch McConnell, in rejecting the attempt to undermine their nation’s electoral system is a direct call on APC leaders in the National Assembly against the unpatriotic practice of putting narrow partisan interests above the national interest.
“Moreover, the APC must stop being a community of people with common selfish interest and desperation for personal enrichment, who are not ready to stand up for the truth in the face of acts of injustice, deprivation and callousness against the Nigerian people and our constitutional order,” the statement added.