Th Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has asked President Buhari to apologize to Nigerians over the comment he made to Abuja residents who paid him a courtesy visit in the state house Abuja, yesterday June 4th.
President Buhari while receiving residents of the FCT yesterday, said he will continue to ensure their safety as they have become necessary evil. The President said although the FCT residents failed to vote for him during the February 23rd election, he is obligated to ensure their safety since he also resides in the FCT.
In a statement released this evening, the PDP asked President Buhari to apologise to Nigerians for describing them as Necessary evil. Read the statement below..
The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) reproaches President Muhammadu Buhari for branding residents of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja as “necessary evil” because they did not vote for him in the February 23 Presidential election.
The party notes that such resort to branding of Nigerians for rightly exercising their rights is completely unpresidential and must be condemned by all.
The PDP laments that the statement of Mr. President was inciting, divisive and capable of demonizing innocent compatriots and setting them up for victimization by overzealous agencies.
Moreover, President Buhari should note that he was not only rejected by FCT residents but also by an overwhelming majority of Nigerians across the states of the federation, who voted massively for the PDP, only for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to subvert the will of the people in his favour; consequent upon which our party and presidential candidate have headed for the retrieval of this stolen mandate at the tribunal.
Furthermore, the PDP criticized President Buhari for stating that “to make FCT secure is to make myself secure and the Vice President”.
The party holds that it is the duty of the President to provide security for all parts of the country, irrespective of where he and the Vice President reside or how Nigerians cast their votes.
The PDP maintains that the security of lives of all Nigerians, ought to have been paramount to the President and not determined by inessential factors, if indeed he has the interest of the people at heart.
The PDP therefore calls on President Buhari to apologize to Nigerians for this divisive comment.
The party also urges Nigerians to continue in their determination to retrieve the stolen Presidential mandate at the tribunal, so as to have an administration that truly cares for the citizens, in line with the provisions of our laws.