The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned what it described as attempts by President Muhammadu Buhari to politicise and compromise the military by dragging the Service Chiefs to attend and participate in his re-election campaign rally.
In a statement by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP described the participation of the Service Chiefs in Buhari’s campaign rally tagged: “Next Level” as unacceptable and objectionable.
The party said that it sends a wrong signal to the public regarding the expected professionalism, neutrality and detachment of the institution of the military from partisan politics and cannot be justified under any guise.
He said: “Such participation in partisan politics is a dangerous dimension as it will not only erode the confidence which the citizens repose on the military ahead of the election, but also a recipe for discord and partisan disagreements within the rank and file of the military, result in mutual suspicion in the force and whittle its effectiveness in defending the nation.
“The PDP knows that President Buhari, in the bid to rig and foist himself on the nation in the 2019 election, will stop at nothing in his attempt to compromise and desecrate our institutions, but doing so on the military is a clear invitation to crisis and derailment of our democracy.”
The PDP insisted that the state and particularly its apparatus of power must be separated from partisan politics and cautioned President Buhari not to further divide the country and set the people on collusion course with security forces, as such would spell doom for Nigeria.
It urged the military high command to be wary of the antics of the Buhari presidency so that the armed forces would not be compromised ahead of the forthcoming elections.