‘We will continue to make it and PDP will continue forever as the dominant political party in Nigeria.’
                              -------Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party {PDP}, Alhaji Kawu Baraje, Wednesday 7 September 2011.

Nigerians Wake-Up; the Peoples Democratic Party {PDP} is at again with the Riot Act; traditional proclamation which regrettably reminds us that PDP has captured our commonwealth, subverted our electoral process, undermined our judiciary and hence fuels the dangerous slide of Nigeria into a failed state.

Our dear country men, if Nigeria fails as predicted or remains underdeveloped; we should look nowhere but hold those who on one hand want to rule Nigeria forever and on the other hand have an incurable Free- Election- Phobia responsible.

We recall that two former chairmen of the Peoples Democratic Party {PDP}, Dr Ahmadu Ali and Chief Vincent Ogbulafor at different fora publicly issued the Riot Act when they boasted and proclaimed that PDP will rule Nigeria for 60 years.

To confirm this unholy alliance the former president and chairman of PDP Board of Trustees, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo reaffirmed the Riot Act in the presence of his supporters at Hillview Hall, Government House Abeokuta when in 2006 he declared the 2007 election - a Do-or-Die Election. True to the Riot Act the 2007 election was rated the worst in the history of Nigeria; where over one thousand lives were lost and over one thousand post- election petitions filed at the Election Tribunals.

Few days ago, the chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Kawu Baraje has not only followed the ignoble foot- steps of his predecessors, but has gone further to raise the bar of the Riot Act when he proclaimed that PDP will rule Nigeria forever.

Questions! Questions! Questions! – Whereas the prevailing consensus is that most Nigerians pray that democracy endures and thrives in Nigeria; while PDP wants to rule at all cost, but the questions are, does PDP merit to rule forever? Is Nigeria a one party state? How did we come to this sordid pass? Lastly how do we get out of this rot?

How PDP Manipulate its victory?

The Earth-Shaking-Wikileaks’ revelations on massive corruption in Nigeria have confirmed the home truths of how we came to this sordid pass, how PDP leadership became lawless, manipulated the electoral process, purchased justice and corrupted the judiciary.

Apart from the Wikileaks disclosures we recall that the $57m bribe judgment was a split decision of 4-3; where the then Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice L. Kutigi and three others validated unserialised ballot papers used to compile the presidential election which is substantially at variance with the provisions of the 2006 Electoral Act.

This time around PDP in an unholy alliance with Independent National Electoral Commission {INEC} knowing fully well that National Voters Registration Software, hence the Voter Database used for 2011 Elections is an amateur 1,260 matches per second as against world best standard for elections which is 1,000,000 matches per second; had once again manipulated the newly assembled Appeal Court to reverse an earlier order granted by the same Appeal Court on May 24th 2011 in the following terms:-

‘An Order that INEC shall grant the Petitioner and any other party in the Petition, their Counsel, agents or experts access to Biometric Data Base created by the DDC machines for register of voters, used for the Presidential Election held on the 16th April 2011’.

If INEC is confident enough that they conducted the 2011 presidential elections in substantial compliance with the Constitution and the 2010 Electoral Act, why refuse this Mission-Critical of access to the Biometric Data Base? INEC why subvert the Constitution, 2010 Electoral Act and the Evidence Act?

Enough is Enough Nigerians, every dog has its day, PDP must not rule Nigeria forever; for is it not paradoxical that a political party which squandered the unprecedented oil receipts of our dear country without commensurate service delivery and which failed woefully in the provision of neither security nor welfare, has the temerity of boasting of ruling forever?

Conference of Nigerians Political Parties {CNPP}, therefore calls on President Goodluck Jonathan to as a matter of urgent national importance to nip in the bud the dangerous slide of Nigeria into a failed state:-
     

I} by calling his party hawks to order, as per the inordinate ambition to rule Nigeria forever
 2} set up a high powered inquiry to investigate the Wikileaks allegations
 3} forward an Executive Bill for devolution of powers to the National Assembly and
 4} stop interfering with the judiciary and indeed reverse the untidy suspension of Justice Ayo Salami, President of the Appeal Court.

Osita Okechukwu
National Publicity Secretary
CNPP

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