Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP publicity secretary

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has told President Muhammadu Buhari that at 76 years of age, he has attained a father-figure position.

In a goodwill message to the president on his birthday, the party said President Buhari should do everything to respect the aspirations and will of the Nigerian people on all issues, particularly as the nation heads to the 2019 general elections.

The PDP, in a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, advised the president to leave a lasting legacy by doing all within his powers to ensure that the nation he leads knows peace.

The party called on Buhari to ensure that rules are obeyed and that the sensibilities of the people are fully respected.

“In this regard, the 2019 general elections place a heavy responsibility on the shoulders of President Buhari to guarantee peaceful, credible, free and fair elections,” the statement added.

PDP also called on the president to sign the Electoral Act (amendment) Bill as well as to declare like his predecessor, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, that his 2019 reelection ambition was not worth the blood of any Nigerian.

“If President Buhari looks at the state of the nation today, he will discover, and we believe he is aware, that the situation has become horrendous for the average Nigerian,” PDP stated.

It urged him to use the occasion to reflect on his administration and ensure that posterity does not remember him for violation of human rights, suppression of opposition and dissenting voices.

The party added that the best gift President Buhari could give Nigerians is to accept that he lacks the capacity to manage the economy, to conduct a credible election, and allow Nigerians freely vote for candidate of their choice.

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