We strongly condemn the asset seizure Executive Order N0 6, imposed by @MBuhari on Thursday July 5, 2018. The Order is illegal and unconstitutional. It is reprehensible, dangerous and a descent to fascism,The Order is in total disregard to the provisions of 1999 constitution. pic.twitter.com/2cZr5RXTYh
Naija newslearnt The party in a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan said that order is illegal, unconstitutional, reprehensible and a dangerous step towards a descent to fascism, the asset seizure Executive Order which it said was imposed by President Muhammadu Buhari, in total disregard to the provisions of 1999 constitution.
The party also argued that the Nigerian constitution does not, under any section, confer such “fascist powers” on the President in a democracy.
“Therefore, President Buhari’s unilateral Executive Order is a travesty of justice and rule of law, as it vehemently seeks to hijack and usurp the powers of both the legislature and the courts and vest it on himself so that he can use same at will, as a political instrument, to haunt, traumatize, harass and victimize perceived political opponents.
“In order words, Mr. President wants to change our democratic governance to a military regime, in line with his lamentation, two days ago, that the fight against corruption will be better under a military regime than under a democracy.
“It is instructive to emphasize that the PDP is not in anyway opposed to the fight against corruption. Rather, the party holds that the imposition of this Executive Order, which is radically at variance with the provisions of the constitution, is totally unacceptable.
“PDP takes this Executive Order 6 of 2018 as a reenactment of the obnoxious Decree 2 of 1984, which incidentally was also an enactment under then military Head of State, General Muhammadu Buhari, and this must not be permitted in our current democratic dispensation.
“If allowed, this Order will confer limitless powers on Mr. President, whose administration’s penchant for violation of rules and order already suggests a readiness for autocracy and a drive towards fascism,” the party said.