By Dirisu Yakubu
ABUJA- The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has condemned what it called an attempt by President Muhammadu Buhari to politicize and compromise the nation’s military by dragging in service chiefs to attend his re-election campaign rally.
The party described the participation of the service chiefs in Buhari’s campaign rally tagged, “Next Level” as completely unacceptable and objectionable, saying it sends a very wrong signal to the public regarding the expected professionalism, neutrality and detachment of the institution of the military from partisan politics.
In a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP said “such participation in partisan politics is a dangerous dimension as it will not only erode the confidence which the citizens repose on the military ahead of the election, but also a recipe for discord and partisan disagreements within the rank and file of the military, result in mutual suspicion in the force and whittle its effectiveness in defending the nation.”
The statement further read: “The PDP knows that President Buhari, in the desperation to rig and foist himself on the nation in the 2019 election, will stop at nothing in his attempt to compromise and desecrate our institutions, but doing so on the military is a clear invitation to crisis and derailment of our democracy.
“The PDP insists that the state and particularly its apparatus of power must be separated from partisan politics and we caution President Buhari not to further divide the nation and set the people on collusion course with security forces, as such will spell doom for our nation.
It further urged the military high command and take decisive steps towards “insulating its personnel and formations from political manipulation of the Presidency.”