The People’s Democratic Party, PDP, has rejected the travel ban placed by the Presidency on 50 Nigerians in the implementation of the Executive Order 6, describing it as an attempt by the Buhari administration to “foist a full-blown fascism on the country.”
PDP, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the step taken by the Presidency is clearly targeted at members of the opposition parties, perceived political enemies of President Muhammadu Buhari, well-meaning Nigerians, including members of the business community, religious leaders, former political leaders and traditional rulers, who are perceived to be against Buhari’s re-election bid.
The party further said that the “decree” is a direct clampdown on Nigeria’s democratic order and an overthrow of rights of citizenry as guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
Part of the statement reads, “We hope this is not a ploy to harm certain eminent Nigerians on the claims of resisting travel restrictions.
“The whole world can now see how fascism is fast taking over our democracy and judicial system and how the Buhari administration, by fiat, has directly ordered that citizens be secretly trailed, their movements and financial transactions restricted by government agencies, without recourse to due process of the law.
“While the PDP notes that the Buhari Presidency has gone into panic mode since the popular emergence of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as PDP Presidential candidate and the spontaneous jubilation his emergence has evoked across the country, the party maintains that the resort to total clamp down on the opposition and our supporters will be totally unacceptable.
“What this means is that all Nigerians, particularly, opposition members, members of the business community and religious leaders, have become endangered and stand the risk of state violence under the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration.
“The PDP therefore alerts the international community to hold the Buhari Presidency responsible should any harm befall any opposition leader, key members of the business community and religious leaders across the country as we march towards the 2019 general elections.”