Learn a lesson from Biden, address nepotism, marginalisation, PDP tells Buhari

Main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, on Sunday, advised President Muhammadu Buhari to learn from the post-election remarks of the President-elect of the United States, Joe Biden, by addressing the divisiveness, nepotism, and marginalisation which have become the hallmarks of his administration.

The party stated this in a statement titled, “US Election: PDP Congratulates Joe Biden, Americans…Says US Election is a Lesson To Leaders,” signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja.

PDP congratulated the US President-elect, Joe Biden, on his successful election as the 46th President of the United States.

It commended the Americans for a successful and peaceful election, which it said adhered strictly to democratic principles and extant laws of their country, despite the intense competition.

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Ologbondiyan said, “The election is a lesson to leaders that power resides with the people and that there is a limit to how any individual can hold a people to ransom.

“Our party holds that the United States’ Presidential election presents lessons to our emerging electoral system, particularly on the independence of the electoral body as well as showing respect for the rights of the citizens to democratically choose their leaders, irrespective of preferences or predilections of incumbents.

“Indeed, the manifest non-interference by the security forces and the judiciary in the US election calls out the current situation in our country where security agencies and compromised judicial officers are used to muzzle election and subvert the will of the people as largely witnessed in the last five years, particularly in the 2019 general elections.

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“The US election also serves as a strong lesson to our nation on the need to strengthen our institutions while focusing on our processes and rules instead of strengthening individuals.”

He further said, “The PDP charges President Muhammadu Buhari to draw lessons from the post-Election remarks of the US President-elect by addressing the divisive tendencies, nepotism, and marginalization which characterize his administration as well as other actions and policies that threaten the stability, unity, and development of our nation.

“However, in congratulating the US President-elect, the PDP urges him to use his new office to promote world unity, peace, global economic, political and international trade collaborations with focus on Africa as well as the developing world.

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“Our party recalls that the United States and Nigeria have a long history of robust diplomatic relationships based on mutual respect and cooperation in critical sectors, with many enduring cultural, political, economic, and social affinities which should be strengthened for more global development.”

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