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There May Be No General Elections In 2023 — PDP
03-06-2019, 05:21 AM,
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There May Be No General Elections In 2023 — PDP
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday resolved to
report the actions of the military in the just concluded February 23
presidential and National Assembly elections through a petition to the
United Nations (UN) as well as other global democratic institutions.
The PDP also resolved to file a petition at the election tribunal in Abuja
today.
The party warned that there may be no election in 2023, given the manner
the present government was running the affairs of the country.
Addressing newsmen shortly after the expanded caucus meeting of the party,
the spokesman of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, said, “Caucus commended
Nigerians for refusing the harassment, intimidation, and militarisation of
the electoral process and participating in the election but noted that the
mandate that was freely given to our candidate was stolen and as such the
party and the candidate jointly resolved to go to the tribunal, and reaching
the end of what is permissible within our legal system to get back our mandate
on behalf of Nigerians.
“Caucus further noted the role of the military in the February 23 election
and resolved that we will report the action of the military through a petition
to UN as well as other global democratic institutions on the role of our
military in the February 23 election.
“Caucus also reviewed the situation in Kano State, particularly as it
concerned the court decision and noted that an appeal had been filed
against the judgment and we will continue to study and follow the situations
as they arise.
“Caucus further raised issues about the harassment, intimidation, and
cajoling of our members on the plot by the Buhari presidency as well as APC
to intimidate the people’s president, former VP Alhaji Atiku Abubakar,
and the resolve of the PDP to go to court by insisting, blackmailing, and
saying that he should not go to court. We insist that our party and our
candidate have resolved to seek legal redress on the stolen mandate .
“On the forthcoming governorship election, we decry the militarisation of the
South-South and the rigging, which the APC is plotting ahead of the
election. We urge Nigerians to come out en masse and participate in the
election and ensure they vote for the candidates of the PDP.”
Speaking earlier at the caucus meeting, the National Chairman of the
PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, who said that the party would file its
petition today (Monday ) or tomorrow (Tuesday), said the decision of the
party to seek legal redress was largely informed by what he called the brazen
rigging of the polls by the All Progressives Congress (APC) .
Alleging that the staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission
(INEC) were intimidated to carry out the bidding of the ruling party,
Secondus said President Muhammadu Buhari-led government used “the
military to harass the electorate in some parts of the country in the course of
the elections”.
He added: “Nothing will make us waver in the pursuit of justice. The
decision to go to court has been finalised and the process has begun.
“We will file our petition today (Monday ) or tomorrow (Tuesday). No
matter what anyone will do or what the APC will say, we will seek justice to
the highest court of the land.
“What happened during this election has never happened in the history of
this country. They are celebrating criminality, they are celebrating evil.
“Our leaders are not talking, and if you don ’t speak against evil, it will
consume everybody. The National Peace Committee is not saying anything.
“INEC and its ad-hoc staff were intimidated and everyone is quiet. If
nothing is done, we will nosedive and go deeper and deeper in this situation
we have found ourselves.”
Secondus, who expressed fear over the use of the military in the election,
warned that the way and manner the security agencies were used in the
election by APC, the ruling party would simply write the results of the
2023 elections.
Decrying the silence of the elders in the country, the PDP boss said the
elders should speak out now, because keeping silence would boomerang in the
nearest future.
Emphasising that the party would go to court, Secondus called on the
Federal Government to release Babalele Abdullahi, the son-in -law of its
presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and his lawyer, Uyiekpen Osagie,
that are presently in detention.
He said: “We are strong and resolute, nothing will make us change our
minds. The decision to go to court has been finalised and agreed and the
process is on. The lawyers have been assembled. We may be in court today or
tomorrow. No one can stop us.
“No matter the propaganda of APC, we will seek justice till the last drop of
our blood. We believe justice will be done and God almighty will give justice.
“Never has it happened in our country that INEC will be so compromised
and our security will be so involved in election that is purely of civilians .
“People are celebrating manipulation, criminality , and rigging. This thing
will consume us one day. We asked INEC if what happened on the 23rd
would happen on the 9th ? How would history and the next generation judge
you?
“In 2023, there may be no election; they will simply write the results.
“If the military wants to contest in election they should say so . It happens
in Thailand, where the military and civilian contest election.
“We want to put on record that in Lagos, certain sections of people were
denied the opportunity to vote, is that what is going to happen on the 9th?
“The in-law of our presidential candidate and his lawyer are in detention
and not released. And the leaders of the country, including the civil society,
are keeping quiet.
“We ask that the personal lawyer of our presidential candidate , his son-in -
law be released. We will not be intimidated and we will not keep quiet.
“The EFCC has become the suppression and oppression of the poor. I call
on Nigerians to come out en masse to resist the intimidation.”
Secondus told the INEC boss that God, history, and the whole world were
watching.
PDP Asks EFCC To Release Tanimu Turaki Immediately
Meanwhile, PDP on Monday demanded the immediate and unconditional
release of the Deputy Director-General (Admin) of its Presidential
Campaign Organisation , Tanimu Turaki ( SAN) , who was arrested on
Monday by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission ( EFCC) .
The party, which said that Turaki was arrested for no cause, said that his
arrest and detention was part of the grand plot by the Buhari presidency and
the All Progressives Congress (APC) to use state apparatus of power to
intimidate PDP leaders and scuttle PDP’s determination to reclaim its
February 23, 2019 presidential election victory in court.
The PDP, in a statement by its spokesman , Kola Ologbondiyan, said:
“Since the people’s candidate , Atiku Abubakar, and the PDP expressed
our unwavering determination to reclaim our victory at the tribunal, being
armed with overwhelming evidence, our leaders have been subjected to
escalated harassments, constant threats, blackmails, cajoling and contrivances
by the APC to drop our legal option.
“It is instructive to state that Tanimu Turaki was arrested and detained
upon invitation by the EFCC to endorse a bail document for the Finance
Director of Atiku Abubakar’s company, Babalele Abdullahi , who was
arrested earlier by the commission over flimsy allegations.
“The PDP, however, states in clear terms that the APC and the Buhari
presidency are fighting a lost battle as no amount of harassment and threats
will ever make the party to buckle in its determination to take back the
mandate, in line with the wishes and aspirations of Nigerians .
“Nigerians are resolute on this struggle to reclaim the mandate freely given
to Atiku Abubakar at the polls and the PDP will pursue this decision to
its logical end and secure justice for the Nigerian people.”
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