Gbade Ogunwale, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Celebration (PDP) has rejected what it described as strikes by President Muhammadu Buhari-led and All Progressives Congress (APC) administration to gag the media.
At a media briefing in Abuja on Sunday, the spokesman for the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party mentioned that freedom of expression, as assured by the nation’s structure, can’t be subjugated by the federal government below any guise.
The PDP’s response is approaching the heels of the strikes by the government to impose stringent rules on on-line media and broadcast organisations.
Minister of Info and Tradition, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, had, in an announcement final week hinted of stringent measures to control the operations of social media in the nation.
However the PDP mentioned the transfer is totally obnoxious, anti-democratic and a direct violation of statutory guidelines governing media observe and freedom of expression in the nation.
The primary opposition party additionally rejected the presidential declaration of political feedback as “Class A” offence, insisting that such is designed to undermine the nation’s constitutional democracy, exterminate the rights of residents to dissenting public opinion, emasculate the opposition and foist a dictatorship and one party system on the nation.
“Our party alerts that such strikes quantity to an try and amend our structure via the again door, to remove the rights of residents and undermine our democratic establishments; a growth that has the capability to destabilise our expensive nation.
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“The PDP invites Nigerians to note that this dictatorial pathways, which the Buhari Presidency seeks to impose, if allowed, will herald the gradual emasculation of freedom of expression, repression of free press, infringements on the rights of citizens and foisting of siege mentality on the people”, Ologbondiyan mentioned.
The spokesman added that Nigerians are already apprehensive that the directive is geared in the direction of clearing the floor for the introduction of sure harsh insurance policies in nation.
The party insisted that the structure has made sufficient provisions to information media observe as properly as the train of freedom of expression, including that the foisting of unconstitutional and suppressive rules isn’t acceptable below any guise.
It known as on members of the Nationwide Assembly, as the representatives of the people, to reject such presidential directive in the curiosity of the nation.
The party additionally cautioned President Muhammadu Buhari and his advisers to not derail the nation with such undemocratic insurance policies.
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