The Social Democratic Party, SDP, has called on Nigerians ahead of the 2023 Presidential election, not to vote for a “kidnapped” President who they would have to pay ransom to see immediately after the campaigns and elections, just like they are experiencing under the President Muhammadu Buhari ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, administration, .
The SDP gave the call while accusing the APC of targeting Prince Adebayo Adewole, its Presidential Candidate.
Addressing the Press in Abuja, on Friday, the Director-General of the SDP Presidential Campaign Council and former Minister, Solomon Dalung, also described President Buhari as the number one victim of kidnap in the country, because Nigerians can no longer have access to their President, except they pay ransom.
The SDP also called on Nigerians to vote for integrity and purposeful Leadership, come 2023.
It warned of an alleged attempt to intimidate other Presidential Candidates who are not of the major political parties and are making waves with issues-based campaigns.
Dalung lamented that the ruling party is currently generating documents, as well as trying to use the Police to intimidate Adebayo.
The former Minister said that his party is concluding plans to file a legal action against the APC, warning the President Buhari-led administration against any move to truncate the transition of power in 2023.
He also asked President Buhari to stop narrowing the political space to favour the APC, insisting that whatever favour the Presidency does for the APC Presidential Candidate, Bola Tinubu, such as the use of the Presidential Jet for campaign purposes, should also be extended to all other Candidates.
He said exactly: ”The days of hypocrisy and fake promises have gone. SDP has offered ourselves for scrutiny. Others should also come out and face Nigerians. 2023 is too critical for the unity of this country. Nigerians cannot afford that mistake again.
“The President, today, is the number one victim of kidnap, because Nigerians cannot see him.
“The man who was available during the campaign and shaking hands and dancing with Nigerians, today, they are all victims of kidnap, political bandits have kidnapped them.
“You cannot see or access them, people pay ransom to see them. That is not the presidency that we are looking for.”