The Democratic People’s Congress (DPC) has said that despite the declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day by President Muhammadu Buhari, nothing should be done to alter the handover date of May 29, 2019. It insisted that May 29, 2019 handover over date for the next administration is sacrosanct.
The party in a statement by the national chairman of DPC, Rev Olusegun Peters, said President Buhari’s declaration of June 12 as Democracy Day in place of May 29 is uncalled for, adding that it is a desperate attempt by a government that has failed to fulfill its campaign promises to the masses to alter the nation’s political structure in exchange for reelection.
“There should be limit to politicisation of critical democratic structures in Nigeria like the handover date to a new government which May 29 symbolises. President Buhari cannot unilaterally change the goal post in the middle of a democratic contest because it has dawned on him that he will be defeated in the 2019 presidential polls due to poor performance,” it said.
DPC said it does not oppose any honour President Buhari accords to the Late Chief Moshood Abiola, the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election annulled by General Ibrahim Babangida so long as he does not tamper, alter or destroy the nation’s political structure in a desperate bid to remain in power or favour a section of the country.
DPC warned against any attempt to elongate the tenure of elected public office holders a day longer than May, 2019, saying that day is sacrosanct for handover to newly elected leaders.
“Partisan politics should give way for patriotism as we jointly build a strong, virile, progressive, prosperous and equitable democratic society. Nigerians should be honoured on merit regardless of gender, religion, tribe and political affiliation.”
President Buhari should also honour other Nigerians who played key roles in the actualisation of democratic governance in Nigeria and provide dividends of democracy to the longsuffering compatriots and not carnage as obtainable today. This is the only way we will build sustainable democracy in Nigeria,” the party said.