The violence that ensued at the official submission of nomination and expression of interest forms by former Vice President of Nigeria and frontline PDP presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubakar on Thursday, September 06, has been attributed to the “evil machination
and heinous campaign of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)” who are afraid of a strong flag bearer against the incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari, revealed a stalwart of the opposition PDP.
According to Dr. Usman Dauda, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party in Kano State, those behind the commotion that left a few supporters of the Waziri Adamawa injured at the Wadata House PDP Headquarters in Abuja, were desirous of snatching positive media reportage of Atiku’s epochal event.
“There is no doubt that both the Presidency and their party (APC) are jittery over their inability to nip in the bud the meteoric rise of Atiku’s sun in Nigeria’s political firmament, especially as the 2019 presidential elections beckon,” Dr. Dauda said.
“APC strategists tried using government administrative apparatus to tie Atiku’s reputation to corruption and also deplete his source of economic strength by attacking his business interests, but they failed woefully.
Hence, they are now resulting to hiring hatchet jobbers and agent provocateurs to cause mayhem, and instigate unsolicited provocation of the PDP and other Nigerians who are tired of President Buhari and his party on the litany of their failed election promises to Nigerians”, Dauda said.
“Why must Busari’s government that profited from the principles of rule of law and fundamental human rights, plus the large heart and statesmanship of former President Goodluck Jonathan, be the one to tamper with and trample upon the rights and freedom of fellow Nigerians?” he queried.
The politician from the North West Zone further called on Nigerians and all lovers of democracy the world over, to keep eagle eyes on the activities of an intolerant government which Amnesty International and several concerned leaders, including the revered Nobel laureate, Professor Wole Soyinka, have complained about.
Dauda also alluded to the gross disrespect to the person and pedigree of elder statesman Chief Edwin Clark, whose house was raided by policemen without reverence to the status of the 92-year-old Niger Delta leader and former Federal Commissioner.
“A ruling party that can order the raid of the residence of a grand old man, shortly after deploying hooded state security men to unsuccessfully torpedo the lawmaking arm of government (the National Assembly), on the flimsy excuse of impeaching an adversarial Senate President, will never stop at nothing to stay put in power; even if defeated at the next polls,” he warned.
For Dauda, the prevarication and procrastination of the Buhari regime to sign the Amended Electoral Bill into an Act for use in the 2019 elections, is a suspicious move to prevent the application of card readers in that election and create an atmosphere for election rigging.
“Nigerians should watch out for this President and his co-travelers in the APC. They are hell bent on remaining in power despite their waning popularity with the electorate.
Today, Nigeria carries the ugly insignia as the poverty headquarters among the comity of nations. Hunger is everywhere.
Our youths are dying in the Mediterranean Sea or the Sahara Desert, or trapped as jailbirds and sold as slaves.
Our girls prowl the streets of Europe and other African countries as sex slaves. Eleven million people have lost their jobs and teeming young men and women daily flood the unemployment market.
“Worse still, famine may rear its ugly head in our country next year since the farmers who till the land and provide food for the citizenry are now quarantined in Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camps because of the state of insecurity,” he said.
Dr. Dauda enjoined all and irrespective of party affiliation to join forces with the PDP and Atiku Abubakar in the struggle to reclaim Nigeria from economic strangulation, excessive borrowing, insecurity, gross unemployment, disunity and global ridicule.