Senator Shehu Sani (Kaduna Central/APC) has risen in defence of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying he is not a dictator as claimed by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors.
The governors under the aegis of PDP Governors Forum, after a meeting at the Bayelsa State Governor’s Office, Yenagoa, on Monday, decried what they described as Buhari’s dictatorial tendencies.
In a communiqué read by its chairman and Governor of Ondo State, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, the forum condemned the alleged invasion of the Akwa Ibom State Government House by some operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS), describing it as against the spirit, ethos, values and fundamental tenets of democratic norms and tradition, more so with the existence of a duly elected governor.
But Sani, in a statement on Wednesday in Abuja, said: “President Buhari is not a dictator but a leader committed to fumigating the political space from the lethargic legacies of the PDP. PDP governors have the constitutional right to play the role of an opposition in our democracy but we must not in any way forget the menace they represented just yesterday.
”PDP governors should apologise to Nigerians for the paralysis, the tragedy and the human misery their party left behind. Under Jonathan, the security apparatus of the state became an armed wing of the ruling party and an instrument of repression and political witch-hunting and persecution”.
The former rights activist turned lawmaker pointed out that “The governors lack the moral right to preach the gospel of freedom and democracy; the very people whom before their very eyes security apparatus of the state under Jonathan was systematically and periodically unleashed against governors and states under the then opposition”.
He recalled that the PDP governors kept mute when security forces under Jonathan barred Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi’s and Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole planes from taking off and landing; when security agencies raided the APC data offices in Lagos and when they laid siege to the Rivers State Government House.
The senator argued that the PDP governors served the Jonathan administration as pillars of tyranny, lacking the liver and the heart to tell Jonathan the truth and cowardly sang his praises in an obsequies procession until they led their leader and their party over the cliff.
“The PDP governors are debris of a cancerous era; they are remains of our dark, despicable and dingy past. Nigeria is on a recuperation process as we march further away from the era of political decadence and pestilence which symbolized the PDP years”.
He described the PDP governors’ statement as “evil echoes from a dark forest” and urged the president to remain focused in his mission to end the inherited culture of malfeasance of the PDP.