The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a protest held in Abuja on Tuesday, submitted petitions to the offices of the European Union (EU), the United Nations (UN), and France against what it described as threats to democracy and miscarriage of justice.
They called on these international bodies to intervene and help preserve democratic institutions and the sanctity of the ballot.
The campaign which took off from the party’s campaign headquarters, Legacy House, in Maitama, was led by the Deputy National Chairman (North), Senator Sulaiman Nazif, who was received by officials of the EU, UN, and the French embassy.
Sulaiman, who spoke to newsmen said, “We have come here to complain because we have realized that the National Assembly is being intimidated by the executive.” He expressed displeasure saying, “We are not happy. We are not satisfied with the way democracy is being run in Nigeria.”
The PDP leader decried that the judiciary is being arm-twisted; the rule of law has become a mockery and the party thought it wise to lay their complaint because “they no longer listen to anybody.”
He explained that these reasons have prompted the PDP to reach out to the international community also to lay a complaint concerning the Electoral Act that has not been assented to up till now - five years since the inception of this administration.
Citing the last election that was held in Imo State, he said, “We saw what happened in Imo concerning the Supreme Court judgment and we are calling for a review of that judgment. We believe that with pressure from international organisations, the right thing will be done.”
Meanwhile, the party’s National Secretary, Senator Umar Tsauri, alleged that democracy was being derailed in the country, hence, the party would continue to protest over the outcome of the Supreme Court judgment which removed Emeka Ihedioha as the governor.