Ahead of the 2015 presidential election, national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Adamu Muazu, has warned that Nigeria will return to what he called, combative presidency, if Nigerians decide to vote for the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd).
According to Muazu, the type of President Nigerians and Nigeria deserve at the moment has to be one that would further drive home the dividends of democracy and use dialogue and kind words to heal the wounds of the nation.
In statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Tony Amadi, the PDP national chairman said, “There are many reasons why Nigeria must not return to a quasi-military dictatorship led by a war lord whose democratic credentials are suspect.
“It is also important to know that the power of the President is awesome and if you give it to a man who is not coolheaded leader like President Jonathan, he will certainly throw the country into chaos at any time”.
Hailing President Goodluck Jonathan, Muazu said, he “is a tested and trusted democrat who is well experienced in running democratically elected government having been elected as a Deputy Governor, Governor, Vice President and now President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“General Buhari is the product of military dictatorship that cannot operate in a free country, he is unlike President Jonathan who at all times favours dialogue and persuasion which are the hallmark of democratic governance.
“We don’t want a combative presidency, which would be busy witch-hunting perceived enemies for trumped charges, then jail them for 200 years. If you read his acceptance speech you will note the language employed show what direction his government will focus.
“The choice before Nigerians in 2015 is quite clear. Do you want a transforming leadership or a retrogressive return to a quasi-military dictatorship clad in democratic toga or do you want an environment of human right abuses where people live in fear? Yet it is supposed to be democratic setting.
“All the gains of the past years will be lost when autocratic regime that General Buhari is known for takes over power in Nigeria”, explaining that this is the choice Nigerians will have to make in the February 2015 Presidential election.
“What is needed is a giant leap into democratic governance and not the return of the ‘Jack boot’ era of military in politics of the ‘kill and go’ of the past.
“A President Jonathan re-election is what Nigeria and Nigerians need at this moment. We need a progressive and persuasive government that would use dialogue to heal the wounds of the nation. Nigeria and Nigerians have passed the era of jack boot politics which belongs to the past.
“Every nation at time need leaders that would make the needed and necessary scrafice and this is what is what the re-election of President Jonathan represents. All over the world, leaders with qualities of President Jonathan are being elected and not a drawback to democratic governance which the APC represent”.
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