In a recent statement, Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 elections, expressed deep concern over what he termed the ruling All Progressives Congress’s (APC) “snatch, grab, and run” agenda, asserting that it poses a severe threat to Nigeria’s democracy.
Atiku, through his Media Adviser, Mazi Paul Ibe, highlighted the narrowing space for opposition engagement, citing instances of alleged rigging during elections and questionable judicial processes favoring the APC. He emphasized that a robust democracy requires the accommodation of opposing views.
Pointing to controversial court decisions in states controlled by opposition parties, including Nassarawa, Kano, Zamfara, and Plateau, Atiku claimed these occurrences are ominous signs compromising Nigeria’s democracy. He specifically referenced the Plateau governorship election petition, expressing concern about the reported compromise of the judicial process.
Atiku drew parallels with the situation in Lagos State, where he alleged that opposition became anathema under the influence of political figure Bola Tinubu. He cited instances of opposition members being pressured to join the ruling party and questionable legal maneuvers.
Referencing recent events, Atiku criticized the judiciary’s integrity, echoing sentiments from legal figures like Justice Dattijo Muhammad, Olumide Akpata, and Femi Falana. He asserted that the APC has turned the once-respected judiciary into a “cash and carry” institution.
The former Vice President concluded by emphasizing the importance of eternal vigilance in safeguarding Nigeria’s democracy against what he perceives as the APC’s onslaught on democratic institutions.
As the political landscape continues to evolve, Atiku’s concerns add to the ongoing discourse surrounding the state of democracy in Nigeria.