The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed doubts over the ability of the present leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct free and fair elections in 2019.

The party's Chairman, Uche Secondus, expressed this fear on Wednesday when the United Nations assessment team led by Serge G Kubwimana, held a meeting with the party in Abuja.

The UN team is assigned to provide technical assistance to INEC ahead of the 2019 general elections.

Secondus, while raising concerns about the political climate, said the All Progressives Congress-led government owes Nigeria free and fair election in 2019.

According to him, the 2019 election would make or mar the country, noting that the visit was "timely because of the unfolding events in our country and the political situation".

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He appealed for the intervention of the international community, adding; "we have fear since APC came on board, if election is not in their favour, there is a rerun.

“There must be election that is free and fair and when there is no free and fair, election, it breeds crisis, and we are witnessing what is happening in Kenya.

“What is happening in the West should happen here. There is a great fear whether INEC will conduct free and fair election. Free and fair election will guarantee the unity of this country.

“Take this to New York for all the necessary action required. Election is coming in 2019, the election that will make or mar the country. What this government owns this nation is to conduct free and fair election.

Kubwimana said the delegation was in the country to meet with INEC and political parties as part of its assessment mission on how to support Nigeria’s electoral system.

"Assessment can’t be done without interacting with the stakeholders, judiciary, the National Assembly, civil society.

"At the end of the mission, we will set up recommendations on technical issues which will help to improve the overall environment for the elections," he said.

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