- The PDP has said that its recent national convention is a proof that credible and fair elections are still possible in Nigeria
- The opposition said that the INEC and the APC has quite a lot to learn from its conduct of the presidential primary
- It said that it is determined to take power back from the grip of the ruling party and return due processes to all aspects of the country's national life
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that the peaceful and orderly conduct of its just concluded national convention leaves much to be learnt by both the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The opposition, in a statement released on Sunday, October 7, after the announcement of the result of the presidential primary, said that it has proven to Nigerians and the entire world that credible elections can still be conducted regardless of the country's ethnic multiplicity, Nigerian Tribune reports.
The statement signed by the party's national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, read: “The success of our presidential primary followed our strict adherence to democratic rules and principles of transparency and fairness... Simply put, in the PDP Presidential primary, every vote counted.
“Nigerians are therefore no longer in doubt that our compromised electoral umpire, under the this administration, is ostensibly culpable for injecting rancorous situations that create openings for violence, manipulations, inconclusive polls and outright rigging of elections.”
The PDP said that it conducted its presidential primary and an undisputable 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.
It further said that it is bent on dismantling APC’s machinery and return credible processes in all spheres of Nigeria.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that former vice president, Atiku Abubakar had won the PDP's primary election to emerge as its presidential candidate for the 2019 presidential election.
In the election conducted on Saturday, October 6 at the party’s convention which took place in Port Harcourt, the former vice president defeated 11 other political bigwigs in the party.
He is expected to provide stiff competition to President Muhammadu Buhari who emerged as the APC presidential candidate.
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