The Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that President Goodluci Jonathan has a duty to respect the law, otherwise his apparent disregard of court orders in the run-up to the general elections will constitute the greatest threat yet to the survival of democracy in Nigeria.
“From the looks of things in Osun, regarding the deployment of soldiers for the election,” the APC claimed, “it would appear that President Jonathan has no intention whatsoever to respect the series of Federal High Court rulings, not to deploy soldiers for the conduct of March 28 and April 11 elections”.
In a press statement from the party’s Directorate of Publicity, Research and Strategy in Osogbo, and signed by its Director, Barr. Kunle Oyatomi, the APC said soldiers were sighted on Monday, 23rd March, 2015, in some parts of the state.’
The APC also alleged that ‘the Federal Government’s led People’s Democratic Party (PDP) planned to use the military to harass, arrest APC leaders on the eve of the elections as they did last August when over 700 APC leaders and members were arrested and locked up in detention on the eve of the governorship election.
According to the APC, “if President Jonathan goes ahead to disregard the legal position on this matter as articulated in several Federal High Court across the country, that would be worst contempt for the law, exhibited by any Nigerian head of state or President ever.
“The consequences ‘for our fledgling democracy,” the APC contended, “will be catastrophic”.
The party therefore called on President Jonathan to act in the honourable Xtian he claims to be by respecting the law, otherwise, he would be considered not “better than the likes of Mobutu Sese Seko of Congo and Idi Amin of Uganda, both of whom had the greatest disregard and disrespect for their countries’ laws and brought to grief, that still resonate today”.