- There are allegations that the 2019 general elections were marred with obvious rigging, violence and manipulation
- Some of such claims were on Tuesday, March 19, put forward by a set of elders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the southwest
- The elders therefore called on the PDP's presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to seek justice in the court of law
The 2019 general elections have been described by some elders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the southwest region as being fraught with massive rigging, violence and banditry.
During their meeting on Tuesday, March 19, in Lagos, the elders said that the present electoral processes are not only primitive, but also subject to manipulations.
The elders include the former deputy national chairman (south) of the PDP, Chief Bode George; former deputy governor in Lagos, Senator Kofoworola Bucknor-Akerele; Captain Tunji Shelle; Ebenezer Babatope; Chief Okanlawon Soboyede; Adegbola Dominic; Engr Tony Ojesina and Dare Adeleje.
Prince Uthman Shodipe-Dosunmu, speaking at the meeting, said: “All people of goodwill across our land should speak out with holy courage and boldly about the perceived wrongs and the glaring imbalances in our polity.
"The Nigerian union deserves peace, harmony, equity and a strengthened bond of brotherhood that will galvanize our nation to greater development and prosperity.
“Surely, we do not pray for the collapse of our democracy. But we urge for vigilance and constant monitoring of the affairs of the state. We submit that the Nigerian union has crossed a crucial threshold in the continuous struggle for a summative identity and national wholeness.
“We insist that the recent general elections were fraught with screaming flaws, deliberate sabotage, treachery and outright banditry.
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"It is our resolve that the present electoral processes wherein result sheets are physically carried across the nation are absolutely primitive and apparently susceptible to all kinds of distortions.” The elders also expressed support for PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar to seek justice in court.
“We support wholeheartedly the decision of our party presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar to seek justice in the court of law rather than withdrawing into a shell of cowardice.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the vice presidential candidate of the PDP in February 23 presidential election, Peter Obi, had declared that the country cannot grow with election rigging. Obi disclosed this in a statement on Sunday, March 17.
According to him, rigging that characterised the general election undermines Nigeria’s democracy.
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