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ABUJA-The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Tuesday, said

shifting the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari

for a second term in office from the traditional May 29 to

June 12, will not conferred legitimacy on the 2019 election.

National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party

(PDP), Prince Uche Secondus and President

Muhammadu Buhari

The party stated this in a reaction to a statement from the

Presidency that the big day would hold on June 12, a day

Nigerians trooped out to elect Moshood Kashimawo

Olawale, MKO, Abiola in 1993 in a free and fair manner.

In a statement issued by the party’s spokesman, Kola

Ologbondiyan, the PDP noted that the invitation of global

leaders for the big event “cannot confer international

recognition for a stolen mandate.”

The statement further read: “It is clear that the Presidency

and the All Progressives Congress, APC, being tormented by

the guilt of violating our electoral processes, can no longer

boldly approach the oath book on May 29, due to the

burden of illegitimacy and now seeks refuge in the sanctity

of June 12, our Democracy Day.

“The Presidency and the APC from our recent history, have

demonstrated that they are totally averse to democracy.

They should therefore steer clear of our Democracy Day,

having violated all our democratic ethos in manipulating the

Presidential elections and upturning the mandate of the

people; the same injustice which Chief MKO Abiola, the

symbol of June 12, fought and died for.

“Chief Abiola stood and died for democracy. Any attempt

therefore to schedule any event related to the outcome of

the rigged 2019 Presidential election on June 12 would be

an open desecration of the sanctity of the Democracy Day

and a direct assault to the sensibilities of Nigerians.

“Moreover, the PDP rejects this absurd desperation by the

Presidency and the APC to overshadow the import of our

Democracy Day and stifle the quest by Nigerians to vent

their anger against the democratic violations of the APC

administration in the last four years.

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“The PDP counsels the Presidency to note that trying to

seize our Democracy Day cannot confer legitimacy to a

rigged election, neither can it erase the litany of violations

including human rights abuses, assault on democratic

institutions, particularly the Legislature and the Judiciary;

clamp down on opposition figures, clipping of the media,

extra-judicial killings, arbitrary arrests and illegal detention

of citizens, and the rigging of the 2019 Presidential election.

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“The PDP wants the Presidency and the APC to understand

that what is paramount to majority of Nigerians now is the

retrieval of the stolen mandate, which they freely gave to

Atiku Abubakar, at the tribunal so that our nation can enjoy

the values of freedom, justice, fairness and equity embedded

in our constitutional democracy.”

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