Uche Secondus, national chairman of the Nigeria’s opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said Wednesday that a military government is better than the current administration led by president Muhammadu Buhari.
Speaking at a dinner to welcome party members who decamped from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Secondus alleged that the ruling party has foisted on the country “a kind of military democracy”.
Among notable members who defected to the opposition party are Bukola Saraki, Senate President and Aminu Tambuwal, governor of Sokoto state.
Last week, some members of the national assembly dumped the APC for the PDP.
According to the chairman, those who left APC could not watch the country slide into crisis.
“They can not watch the country sliding into crisis as we have found ourselves today – bloodletting, killings unabated. Government of denial, government of frame-up, government of intimidation and harassment, a government that believe in the feast of arms,” Secondus said.
“I thought that one of the critical elements of democracy is lobbying and persuasion is the greatest weapon of a democrat or a politician.
We have seen in the past few years that the APC-led government have foisted on this nation a kind of military democracy that cannot be described.
It is better for us to have full blown military.
“The institutions that are supposed to maintain law and order, like the one we have witnessed as in the case of Ekiti and in the case of Benue charged with the maintenance of law and order are the same people who are breaking this law and order.
No rule of law, court orders are not obeyed we are getting deeper and deeper into crisis.
“These heroes of democracy who have decided to move from the ruling party, very unusual to stand with the people, not only PDP, they are standing with the majority of Nigerians.
The need to honour them, they are the heros of democracy. Their decision was in the defence of democracy.”
The chairman said there was no longer freedom in the country.
“It is a long work to freedom. There is no longer in Nigeria. If you tell them the truth they will tell you that it is hate speech,” he said.
“Tell them the honest truth they will say it is fake news.”