- PDP's national chairman, Uche Secondus, urged INEC and security agencies to ensure the forthcoming re-run elections are transparent
- Secondus said this in Sokoto after a closed-door meeting with Governor Aminu Tambuwal and other party chieftains
- The PDP chairman also expressed confidence that Tambuwal will win the re-run election in Sokoto
Uche Secondus, the national chairman of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has enjoined the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies and other stakeholders to ensure that the forthcoming supplementary elections are transparent.
Secondus made the call in Sokoto on Tuesday, March 19, while addressing newsmen after consultation with Governor Aminu Tambuwal and other party chieftains, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
He said that the process should not be militarised in order not to intimidate and terrify people at the polls.
The chairman said that such allegations made across the country made the army hierarchy to investigate its officers and men’s involvement, stressing that election security should be mainly a police responsibility.
“I appeal to security operatives and the electoral body to remain apolitical and respect their laws of engagement, as their neutrality will always accord them dignified respect,” he said.
Secondus urged the electorate and participating parties to play by the rules of the game, and expressed optimism that Tambuwal would win the election in Sokoto.
“PDP has confidence in Nigerian laws, and I have confidence Tambuwal, being in the lead, will be declared winner in the March 23 election,” he said.
Responding, Tambuwal commended Secondus for PDP’s performance in the elections, and urged security agencies to ensure neutrality in election processes.
He said intimidation always denied the people freedom and composure to elect candidates of their choice, and urged those involved in such acts to desist from it.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar, asked the presidential election tribunal to declare him winner of the February 23 election.
Atiku made the request in a petition filed before the tribunal in Abuja on Monday, March 18, where he challenged President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election.
The PDP national legal adviser, Emmanuel Enoidem, told journalists that in addition to the request that Atiku be declared the winner of the election, the party was also seeking for the election to be set aside over alleged widespread irregularities.
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