The PDP Governors Forum, the umbrella of governors elected under the platform the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Tuesday has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of leading Nigeria into dictatorship.
The forum stated this in a communique after a meeting held in the inner chamber of the Bayelsa State Governor’s office in Yenagoa.
The PDP governors, led by Ondo State Governor Olusegun Mimiko, condemned the alleged invasion of Akwa Ibom State Government House by operatives of the Department of the State Security (DSS).
Mimiko, who read the forum’s communique, said the invasion was against the spirit, ethos, values and fundamental tenets of democratic norms and tradition, more so with the existence of a duly elected and sworn in governor of the state.
He said, “We insist that the trend must stop henceforth. No democracy survives without a viable opposition in any part of the world and we must also remember to remind the APC that they are the real beneficiaries of the liberal democratic ethos of the PDP.
“We once more advise the DSS to preoccupy itself with the task of ensuring internal security and desist from daily harassing and intimidating members of the opposition.
“We implore the international community, the civil society organisations and human rights activists to caution the All Progressives Party-led Federal Government and to insist that it respects the well entrenched democratic tradition.
“We all have a duty to prevent what looks to us like a steady slide of this country into dictatorship.”
Mimiko said the PDP governors were worried, alarmed and shocked by such desecration, noting that it was an assault on democracy.
He said situation like what happened in Akwa Ibom spelt doom and posed serious danger to the country’s fledgling democracy.
He rued that action was one of the continuous attempts by the APC-controlled government to stifle the opposition.