PDP: Secondus reveals party may abstain from participating in future polls

PDP: Secondus reveals party may abstain from participating in future polls

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Monday, December 2; expressed fears of participating in the upcoming gubernatorial elections; being planned for Edo and Ondo states in 2020.

The PDP further decried the conduct of the just concluded Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections; by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

PDP further implored INEC to ensure the entrenchment of an electoral amendment; in order to redress most of the challenges in conducting elections in the country.

This was contained in a statement issued by the party’s National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus; while addressing INEC delegation who came to carry out a routine verification exercise at the party’s national headquarters in Abuja.

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Secondus said, “INEC as presently constituted has integrity questions. Some of the staff have compromised their offices.

“We advise that INEC should go back to the drawing board; and consider the past elections it has conducted.”

Further, the PDP National Chairman affirmed it was time for INEC; to submit the necessary amendments to the National Assembly.

He, however, added that the conduct of the 2019 general elections set Nigeria backwards.

It was on this premise that the PDP advocated for the legalization of electronic voting; and ban on military participation in elections.

In his reaction, the INEC Deputy Director, Election and Party Monitoring who headed the delegation; Musa Husunu said all the comments, observations and concerns of the PDP would be considered.

But the PDP averred that what happened in Osun, Ekiti, Bayelsa and Kogi states; were not democratic enough to guarantee future participation in elections by the opposition political parties.

Mayowa Oladeji

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