The African Democratic Congress has said the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government “promoted violence and used the police, military, intelligence agencies and thugs to terrorise innocent citizens and pollute the electoral space.”
The Party also called on the president to tender an unreserved apology to the suspended Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen.
In a communiqué issued by the National Working Committee of the party and signed by its Chairman, Ralph Nwosu and the Secretary, Alhaji Said Abdullahi, on Tuesday after its meeting held in Abuja, the ADC made it clear that it would continue to support the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, in his quest to reclaim his mandate.
The ADC faulted the conduct of the 2019 elections, claiming that its members, who participated in the exercise, were robbed allegedly through what it described as the “combined efforts of state institutions, including the Independent National Electoral Commission, the Independent Corrupt Practices and Other Related Offences Commission, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission and the National Communications Commission.”
Read part of the communiqué:
“The only way the democratic electoral process can be strengthened to continue to serve as a role model at this stage of Nigeria’s nation building is for the judiciary to continue to play its constitutional role strongly, without fear or favour, in order to stop the excesses of politicians and save the country.
“We, therefore, call on the learned men of the third arm to act to restore power to the people in our democracy. It is in the best interest of every Nigerian that we do not knowingly bring about the obituary of our democracy.
“Finally, we call on President Muhammadu Buhari to tender an unreserved apology to Justice Walter Onnoghen and restore him to his position with immediate effect. Any further progression of the torture of this Supreme Court chief debases Nigeria.
“The government in power promoted violence, and used the police, military, intelligence agencies and thugs to terrorise innocent citizens and pollute the electoral space.
“There was heavy commercialisation of the process, which involved vote-buying, inducement of electoral officers and ad hoc staff, and other forms of electoral corruption by the incumbent federal and state members of the executive arm of government.
“The cause of democracy was thwarted and the people were denied the right to exercise their mandate. The Nigerian public and international observers are witnesses to the desperation of the Presidency and state governors, and corruption of the entire process.
“As a political party, we abhor fraudulent electoral practices. That is why we were the only party that set up an organisation to address such vices.”
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