Presidential Primary: 3 Things PDP Wants INEC, APC To Learn
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has concluded its primary election for its presidential candidate and it is proud of the process.
It wants the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to learn from the exercise that birthed Atiku Abubakar as its presidential candidate.
Transparent, peaceful and credible, it has been adjudged, but the PDP believes there are things about it that the electoral body and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) could take away.
1. How Election Should Be Conducted
"It serves as a direct lesson to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) on how elections should be conducted in present day Nigeria," the opposition party said in a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan on Sunday.
The party said that the process had shown that the electoral umpire has been responsible for the electoral crises at various levels of elections.
2. The Nigerian Spirit
"It also shows that our citizens, irrespective of their individual and group interests, are capable of holding peaceful and credible elections that meet global standards.
"The success of our presidential primary followed our strict adherence to democratic rules and principles of transparency and fairness, which has eluded the nation since President Muhammadu Buhari-led licentious administration assumed office.
"Simply put, in the PDP Presidential primary, every vote counted," the party said.
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It further claimed that Nigerians were no longer in doubt that our compromised electoral umpire, under the Buhari administration, is ostensibly culpable for injecting rancorous situations that create openings for violence, manipulations, inconclusive polls and outright rigging of elections.
3. Stop The Blame Game
"We invite the whole world to note that the PDP conducted its Presidential primary and a clear winner, Atiku Abubakar, emerged, without any form of disagreements or reliance on heavy security, showing that Nigerians are peaceful, orderly and desirous of credible processes at all levels of political engagement," the party emphasised.
The PDP then urged "INEC to stop blaming voters, accept responsibility for its failure to conduct credible elections and learn from our presidential primary, as we approach the 2019 general elections".
It also restates its determination to dismantle APC's rigging machinery and return credible processes in all spheres of the nation's national life.
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