The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has claimed that the anti-democratic tendencies of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) is causing distress to many Nigerians.
The opposition party in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Wednesday also noted that the economic hardship, the spate of insecurity and the rising political tension across the country all indicates that Nigeria is collapsing under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.
PDP revealing its concern over the country “which was a prosperity hub and a reference point for democracy, personal freedom and good governance, now has all the trappings of a failed state.”
Ologbondiyan, in a statement further read thus; “The national leadership of the party rose from a crucial meeting on Wednesday noting that the red flag has become urgent following the manifest total loss of faith by Nigerians, across the board, in the ability of the Buhari Presidency to provide a democratic leadership that can engender a peaceful and secure nation.
“It is clear that the APC and the Buhari Presidency have held Nigerians hostage. Nigerians are now being treated like a conquered people. They can no longer freely exercise their constitutionally guaranteed rights; Executive high-handedness have become a state policy just as the APC Government, burdened by challenges of illegitimacy, has lost direction and only thriving in vindictiveness.
“Our party has also noticed that since the defence of the APC and President Buhari collapsed at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, the APC and its government have taken to harassment and repression of Nigerians by surreptitiously suspending constitutional provisions of freedom of speech and association in our country.
“Many compatriots are being taken in as political prisoners all in a bid to foist a siege mentality and suppress public opinion,” the PDP stated.