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Buhari, APC abused presidential power from 2015 to 2019 – ADC Chairman

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The Chairman of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Chief Okey Nwosu, has condemned President Muhammadu Buhari’s first term in office between 2015 and 2019, saying that the president and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), abused presidential power during the period.

He made this known while comparing the different administrations that have presided over the country since the return to civilian rule in 1999.

Nwosu, who spoke to The Sun, disclosed that Buhari’s first term could not be compared to the previous administrations from 1999 to 2015, describing any comparison as “myopic”.

The party boss said that the conduct of the 2019 general election showed that Buhari and APC are self serving, egocentric and abusers of presidential power.

He called on the judiciary to raise to defend the nation’s democracy in the election appeals before it by dispensing justice without fear or favour.

Nwosu said, “The political environment from 2015 to 2019 is much different from the political environment of 1999 to 2007. So, people who look at 2003, 2007 and 2019 and compare them in the same way are myopic.

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“There is no way, you can justify after 20 years, what is happening now. What is happening now, they are doing it for themselves. By 2015, civilian government has already gained the rhythm of a stable democracy.

“There is no way to explain what Buhari and APC have done with the presidential election, rather than self-serving, egocentric, and abuse of presidential power.

“This brings our democracy and country to a shameful crossroad after the statesmanship display of President Jonathan. The only saviour we look to is the judiciary.

“To continue our democratic journey, the Judiciary now has a chance to assert its powers just as the National assembly did. Although they have done so at the state governorship and legislative levels, where Governors Adams Oshiomhole, Peter Obi, Olusegun Mimiko, Rauf Aregbesola, and Kayode Fayemi recovered their mandates in 2005, and 2007; the Judiciary must exercise due power in presidential election without fear to make our democracy stronger, and earn its rightful place in the governance tripod.”

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John is a University of Lagos-trained journalist. His views are always the end products of a deliberate search for information and knowledge. He has read almost every novel written by Chinua Achebe, Jeffrey Archer and Dan Brown. He is an expert Scrabble and draughts player who is also excellent at swimming. If you know the capitals of 45 African countries by heart, then you are exactly like him.

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