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.”