OrderPaperToday – The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has written to the Ambassadors of France, Germany, the European Union (EU), the Unites States of Ameria (US) and the United Kingdom (UK) High Commissioner over alleged constitutional breaches by the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Atiku in the letter accused Buhari of “threatening” the country’s democracy by serially breaching the provisions of the constitution and damaging institutions of State in order to advance his personal interests.
He said: “As Your Excellency very much knows, respect for the rule of law is integral to promoting and preserving the values and principles of democracy. Sadly, however, by the actions of the government of President Muhammadu Buhari, one is forced to think otherwise.
“As a presidential candidate in the forthcoming general elections that will be conducted and supervised by the Government of President Muhammadu Buhari, I feel the urgent need to share with you some of these key violations of the provisions of our constitution and to demand that you pile pressure on the Federal Government to desist from these violations and ensure a level playing field for the general elections that are only a couple of weeks away.
“We acknowledge with profound appreciation the positions taken by some members of the international community in Nigeria and urge Your Excellency to add your country’s very strong voice against these breaches of Nigeria’s constitution. Your Voice is very important to the survival of Nigeria’s democracy.”
According to the former Vice-President, some of the constitutional breaches include: Purported suspension of Chief Justice of Nigeria, Walter Onnoghen; purchase of Tucano Aircrafts without National Assembly approval; disregard for court orders in the cases of Sambo Dasuki (former National Security Adviser) and Ibraheem El-Zakzaky, leader of the Shiite Group, IMN.
Other breaches according to Atiku are: approval of $1 billion for military expenditure before approaching the National Assembly; and the enactment of the controversial Executive Order No. 006 as an Executive legislation which permits security agencies to freeze the assets of persons standing trial or undergoing investigation without recourse to court orders.
The PDP Presidential candidate called on the foreign governments to partner with Nigerians to defend the constitution: “The choices facing all of us is either to stand aside and watch Nigerians reelect a President who has been in constant violation of the laws of the land without remorse; or to support them show him the way out and elect a true democrat. We must send a clear message that the Nigerian Nation is bigger than any individual.”
He added that: “Even if Nigerians opted not to elect me as President, the incumbent must go into the polls on his own record of lack of respect for the Rule of Law and not on the spurious perception of his “Integrity”. We need to set precedence for successive leaders not to take democratic mandate for granted.”