- The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is currently under fire for its recent stance ahead of the 2019 general elections
- The PDP Governors Forum had passed a vote of no confidence on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) recently
- Some election observer groups have cautioned the main opposition party over their comments concerning the electoral commission
Some election observer groups have cautioned the PDP Governors Forum over its decision to passed a vote of no confidence on INEC recently.
The groups warned the PDP to desist from making “careless and reckless statements capable of plunging the nation into unnecessary anxiety ahead of the 2019 general elections.”
They described the statement by the PDP governors as an attempt to cause disaffection and create chaos not only during the forthcoming governorship election in Osun state but the 2019 general elections.
The statement was signed by the Executive Director, Independent Service Delivery Monitoring Group (ISDMG), Dr. Chima Amadi; National Coordinator, Network on Police Reform in Nigeria (NOPRIN), Okechukwu Nwanguma and chairman, Partners for Electoral Reforms, Ezenwa Nwagwu.
The groups accordingly, passed a vote of confidence on INEC and its leadership, saying the commission under Professor Mahmood Yakubu has shown in all the elections conducted to be transparent and has assured Nigerians of the readiness of its to continue to conduct credible, free and fair elections.
The observer groups wondered why the PDP didn't complain in those election conducted by INEC where it came out victorious.
Part of the statement read: “This highly speculative statement rigmaroled by mentioning the 16 billion Paris refund to Osun state which has no bearing whatsoever with INEC as a body or the INEC chairman. This is a direct transaction between states and the federal government of which most of the PDP governors have benefited from or about to receive.
“One may ask, what particular role or roles has the INEC chairman played that is to the detriment of the electoral process? This is speculative and is neither here nor there. This bland speculative statement should not be expected from any responsible leadership especially, a platform like the PDP Governors’ Forum.
“It is infantile to accuse INEC of rigging elections in Osun, Ekiti and Rivers state. Since the Ekiti election is before the Tribunal, we shall make no comment about it. However, it is important to note that the PDP won the majority of seats in the court-ordered re-run elections that was conducted in 34 constituencies in Rivers state. Was this rigged by INEC in favour of PDP?
“PDP won two bye-elections conducted by INEC in Osun state; apparently rigged by INEC in favour of PDP?
“The Ife Central and Osun West senatorial district elections conducted in 2015 by the Professor Mahmood led INEC was hailed by Fayose as credible, how come he has suddenly forgotten this? PDP and Fayose rolled out the drums to celebrate the election of Senator Adeleke; and suddenly, Fayose has forgotten.”
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Meanwhile, a Civil Society Organisation, YIAGA Africa on Friday, September 14, called for adequate laws to address the loopholes in Nigeria's electoral process especially the reoccurring issues of vote buying and selling.
Executive Director, YIAGA-Africa, Mr Samson Itodo made the call at the Watching the Vote (WTV) Series with the theme “Ending the Scourge of Vote Buying and Selling in Nigerian Elections” in Abuja.
Itodo, while presenting a document on “Duly Elected or Duly Purchased,’’ a report on vote buying in the Ekiti election, said Nigeria’s democracy was under threat due to vote buying.
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