PDP blasts Buhari, says he's a frustrated despot

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has hit back at former presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, for predicting a revolution against the ruling party in 2015, dismissing the former military ruler’s remarks as typical of a “despot.”

Mr. Buhari, who stood last year’s elections on the platform of the Congress for Progressive Change, against President Goodluck Jonathan, reportedly criticized the PDP-led administration as corrupt and lacking in justice and transparency in a scathing remark on Friday.

At a political event in Kaduna where he lives, the former head of state said a revolution in 2015 will defeat the PDP, and put an end to the rot the nation has witnessed under the party for years.

“The PDP and its leadership don’t accept social justice. If there is no social justice, in a question of time there will be revolution in one form or the other,” Mr. Buhari said.

“We know that we have been rigged out in last election; nothing can happen unless there is justice. Nigerians must rise against this attitude; it is your right.”

The comments have drawn scorching reaction from the PDP, which has blamed the deadly riots that swept through northern cities killing about 800 people last year on similar comments by Mr. Buhari’s in which he asked party supporters to defend their 2011 election votes.

In a statement late Saturday, the governing party’s spokesperson described the former military Head of State and the Presidential flag bearer of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC)  Mohammadu Buhari as” a despot who despite pretenses has never hidden his disdain for elected government”.

Olisa Metuh, the National Publicity Secretary, said the comments represented the “frustration of a serial election loser.”

“Buhari’s statement did not come to us as surprise. It is a sure sign of frustrations over his inability and that of his Party to win elections. Besides, it is a signature tune of all despots who despite pretences to new ideology often betray the old habit that hardly dies,” Mr. Metuh said.

“However, what revolution is Buhari looking for”,  the statement asked. “If after truncating democratic process in 1984, Buhari today enjoys the fundamental tenets of democracy as in freedom of speech which he denied Nigerians, what revolution is greater?” he also asked.

The PDP further said it was unfortunate that the former head of state had not accepted the fact that his ideology had clearly been rejected by the people at the polls and affirmed by the courts.

“What is revolutionary, the statement continued, “is the transformation agenda of President Goodluck Jonathan; his bold steps in returning our great country to the visions of our founding fathers.

“What is revolutionary is the passage of the Electoral Act which facilitated general elections adjudged by local and international observers as most credible in our recent history.”

“Would Buhari have signed into law, the Freedom of Information Act if he were President?  So what revolution is he referring to?

“What is revolutionary if he must know further is the transparency of on-going probes by the National Assembly, which is a firm step in the fight against corruption”.

“We know that Gen. Buhari is artful in truncating elected governments. His three -time failure on the platform of different political Parties to win election is driving him to the old habit.

 “Unfortunately for him, Nigerians are not interested in  his type of revolution.”



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  • Tunde Biade

    Well sometime! As a die hard progressive and one that belief in Nigeria and love the country ever before, not to think before coming on board to comment the communiqué said to have being attributed to Buhari. will be a mistake. It’s glaring to see that is from Buhari, that such reaction will come from and this show that we had all without exception failed this country. We all know, those of us that see and hear and those that are deaf and dump that this PDP government, long ago, before it was formed by those who had being ruling Nigeria and sharing our wealth into their pockets, since the very day of our independent in 1960, without discontinue are taking us to our ruin, that our lack of boldness is directly to the ineluctable confrontation of blood with the bath water, to watch Nigeria, out and wrestle it, from the hands of the bastard and devil that had being ruling this country from day one. Like, a Yoruba adage that says, ” that the peace in a country is as a result of the inactivity of all the children’s of the bastard young age” And now, we may have got one of us age enough to move the motion to go for the show-down. This is where Buhari, use of the word revolution is important and placing on all of us the responsibility, to think twice before commenting on this matter. It is not the author that matter, it’s the person from whom it was coming from, a one time best member of the established rotten and decaying system that need to be over-haul and completely renew, with the shielding of bloods as the unique alternative. Myself, I’ve long caress and nurse the eminent dream; as the only condition “sine qua non” to arrest the evils and devils, that had long appropriate the “Goodwill” of Nigeria. There is no other issue that can stop or arrest this “CANCER” without the taking of blood to buy the peace and love, which the country require, except the spirit of the people intervene and make the necessary sacrifice of a serials life wasting, before thing can return to normal or the eventual breakaway of Nigeria. Because any peaceful solution envisage, will never solve the dastardly stage which the entity had driving into. Except the wind come from within and the ranks and files of the fellah, it not, we will never know no peace in this country. The unique opportunity may be this. So, let us, think and think wisely Nigerians.

  • Auwal R.D

    Mr PDP publicity Secretary, i dont think you know what you are saying, what did the PDP government did to Nigerians from 1999 to date. You should just focus on your own share of the National cake and thatz all. God will definately shoe you that everything is controlled by HIM

  • Aminu Medugu

    dis PDP publicity sec……ur idiot

  • Stevebenson14

    Is Buhari saying that he is an illiterate that he do not know how to use words or he is deliberate about it to create confusion and killings again. How will will I see him as a responsible leader when he can make careless statement at will.Must you be a president to bring a change to your community or your state? Me think he should grow up…

  • Erentu

    buhari is sick that is all . Because of the fake stories that people often tell him about himself he thinks he is acceptable to the ppl of nigeria as he is to the people of boko haram

  • Bdankasa

    PDP, pls shame buhari and stop corruption,and shameless election rigging.whenever the man talks issues, you go personal.its clear you lack words to convince us that your election victories are fraud and yur govt is corrupt. Nigeria will remain primitive with the kind of people we have in power and the kind of blind,thoughtless masses.

  • Buhari is obviously frustrated.If it were to be advanced nations where rule of law is the order of the day he would have been sued to a court of law and subsequently remanded in prison.