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Asset seizure: PDP Rejects Buhari’s Executive Order




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THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has strongly condemned the asset seizure Executive Order signed by President Muhammadu Buhari earlier today .

Naija news learnt 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.

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