Nigeria’s Democracy Under Threat -Orbih


Edo State chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dan Osi Orbih, declared that the nation’s democracy was under threat and called on lovers of democracy in Nigeria to speak up so as to save the situation before it got out of hand.
Orbih, who made the declaration while reacting to last Saturday’s elections, said democracy under President Muhammadu Buhari had been bastardised and under threat, adding that it required urgent salvation.
He said: “For the Federal Government to have used soldiers to harass innocent Nigerian voters is an indication that the Buhari-led Federal Government does not believe in democracy, let alone practising one.
“Nigerians are now living in a country where they are no longer free to express themselves democratically in a democratic nation,” he said.
While describing the present crop of INEC as a bunch of disappointment, Orbih said for the INEC chairman and his crew to allow themselves used by the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government was enough sign that the nation was heading towards democratic anarchy.
He questioned the rationale behind INEC’s suspension of declaration of results where PDP was winning like Rivers and Kano states, adding that it showed that Nigeria’s democracy was not only being eroded but also in great danger.
He observed that if the PDP-led administration had behaved the way APC was now behaving, Buhari wouldn’t have become President and the APC wouldn’t have come to power, warning that if the scenario was not checked, Nigeria’s democracy will be in jeopardy.
He said what happened in Edo state on Saturday cannot be described as an election.
According to him, in a state where PDP won two out of the three senatorial seats and four out of the nine House of Representatives seats two weeks ago and could not win even a seat to the state House of Assembly was enough evidence that there was no election in Edo State last Saturday.