The People’s Democratic Party (PDP), has called for the resignation of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, following the recent postponement of the presidential and parliamentary polls by the Commission, calling the shift an agenda worked out with the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC)
Backstory: Reacting to the postponement made in the early hours of Saturday morning, PDP National Chairman, Prince Secondus, in a statement from his media office and signed by Ike Abonyi, called the Commission a failure and asked for the immediate resignation of its Chairman.
Accuses APC of Thwarting Democracy: In the statement, Secondus also alleged that the “APC in connivance with INEC has 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.”
He also stated that the party had been privy to information that the APC and the Buhari-led administration had stooped low to arm twisting INEC into going along with their plans to deprive the electorate from making their choice.
“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 the other dubious designs like the deployment of hooded security operatives who would be ruthless on the people ostensibly to scare them away.”
The party’s National Chairman while acknowledging that most Nigerians including those abroad, had to inconvenience themselves and incur costs by traveling from one place to another just to exercise their civic duties, noted that the postponement demonstrated the president’s “insensitivity”.
Bottom Line: Both the PDP and APC are officially accusing the other side of conniving with INEC to manipulate the elections. The APC Presidential Council had been the first to accuse the PDP of working in cahoots with INEC to thwart the conduct of the polls.