2019: We Have No Confidence In INEC – PDP
Barely three months to the 2019 general election, the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it lacks confidence in the preparedness of the Independent National Commission (INEC) to organise a credible poll.
The Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, made this known when he received a delegation of the European Union (EU) of election exploration mission to Nigeria led by Niclay Paus.
Secondus said every intelligence available to the party showed that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) had concluded arrangement with the electoral umpire to manipulate the voting process.
The party chairman said what happened during the governorship election in Osun State underscored the party’s fears that INEC is not ready to be neutral.
Secondus added that though Amina Zakari, who he described as the “main agent of the APC” in the commission has been redeployed from operations department, she is still capable of influencing others within the electoral body.
“When we eschewed violence after the electoral theft in Osun State and decided to exercise our right to peaceful protest, the Inspector General of Police (Idris Abubakar) directed his personnel to tear gas us notwithstanding the personalities involved in the protest – the Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives, five governors and national chairman and members of the National Working Committee and other critical leaders of the party.
“Our fear is strong that the APC and the administration are not disposing themselves for a peaceful 2019 general election and we base our position on the multiplicity of induced crisis across the country .
“With all the unprecedented bloodletting in the country, the president is not engaging the people and a select group operating- ing as cabals have hijacked the system,” he claimed.
He urged international partners of Nigeria, especially the EU and America, to bring their influence to bear on INEC to conduct free, fair and credible elections like they did in 2015.
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