PDP Warns INEC On Grand Plot Shift 2019 Polls, Says Buhari Won’t Stay A Day Beyond May 29
The opposition Peoples Democratic Party has warned the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC not to fall for the alleged grand plot of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC to shift the 2019 general elections.
The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, said in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday, that the PDP was aware that the mooting of postponement of the already scheduled general elections by the INEC Chairman was a product of a series of clandestine meetings between his commission and the APC on ways to frustrate the 2019 elections, having allegedly realised that there was no hope for President Buhari in the polls.
He said, “Nigerians and the international community have also noted the various ploys by INEC to frustrate a credible elections, including its stiff opposition to the amendment to the Electoral Act by the National Assembly to check the APC rigging plans in addition to its exposed collaborations with INEC to manipulate the voters register, enrol underage voters and secretly create 30,000 illegal polling centres in certain remote areas from where it plans to allocate fictitious votes to the APC.
“Nigerians may recall that the PDP had earlier alerted the nation to the plot by the Buhari Presidency to enmesh the 2019 elections into a needless controversy by deliberately delaying the presentation of the election budget to the National Assembly until the time the parliament was proceeding on an annual recess.
“Ostensibly to ensure that the election does not escape controversy, President Buhari demanded that the fund be taken from already approved budget for lawmakers’ constituency votes, despite entreaties by well-meaning Nigerians for a fresh budget for the elections.
“Seeing that Nigerians are standing shoulder to shoulder with the PDP to resist and dismantle their rigging machinery, the APC and Buhari Presidency are now trying to use INEC to frustrate the elections and cause a crisis in our country.
“The PDP, therefore, rejects this plot by the APC and INEC. The 2019 elections must hold as scheduled. Nigerians are ready for elections and cannot wait to vote out President Buhari and his dysfunctional APC.”