2019 election postponement: PDP alleges APC, INEC of ploy to rig election

–Asks for Mahmood Yakubu’s resignation

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted to the postponement of the 2019 general elections by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Saturday alleging that President Muhammadu Buhari and APC have plotted to rig the elections.

National Chairman of the party, Prince Secondus, has called for the resignation of the INEC chairman, alleging that this is part of a plan to keep Buhari in power.

PDP’s leader warned that the party will not accept “anything short of a well organised electoral process devoid of manipulation, harassment and intimidation of voters and the opposition particularly members of the PDP. Having failed in all their nefarious options to enable them cling on to power, the APC and the INEC came up with the idea of shifting election, an action that is dangerous to our democracy and is therefore unacceptable.”

Secondus attributed the burning if various INEC offices to APC saying they “have been trying all options including but not limited to burning down INEC offices in some states and destroying of electoral materials to create artificial problems upon which to stand for their dubious act.”

According to a statement from the national chairman’s media office signed by Ike Abonyi, Secondus said that the party was privy to the alleged pressure from the APC and the Federal Government to allegedly arm twist INEC, to dance to their new strategy after earlier ones failed.

“With several of their rigging options failing, they have to force INEC to agree to a shift in the election or a staggered election with flimsy excuses pre-manufactured for the purpose.

“For the avoidance of doubt the PDP sees this action as wicked and we are also aware of other dubious designs like the deployment of hooded security operatives who would be ruthless on the people ostensibly to scare them away.

“insensitivity costing the huge cost after Nigerians including those who came home from abroad have all mobilised to their various constituencies, burning down of INEC offices and engineering crisis in PDP stronghold areas to scare away the people.

Prince Secondus also regretted that President Buhari who made a promise at the signing of peace accord that the election would be conducted in a fair and transparent atmosphere had gone ahead in breach of the peace agreements to by sending soldiers and other security agencies to arrest, harass and intimidate opponents in Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Kwara, Kano, Kaduna states.

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