The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Presidential Campaign Organisation, PPCO, has charged the National Assembly, under the leadership of its Chairman, Bukola Saraki, to save the nation’s democracy, by immediately overriding President Muhammadu Buhari’s refusal to sign the amendment of the Electoral Act.
The PDP Campaign Organisation, said that this legislative action has become imperative, as the President’s decision was a calculated attempt to hold the nation to ransom.
In a statement on Friday night, signed by the National Spokesman of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party said that the President’s action was capable of injecting crisis into the electoral process, and ultimately scuttle the conduct of the 2019 general elections.
The opposition party insisted that the President was avoiding free and fair contests in 2019.
The statement read: “President Buhari’s repeated refusal to sign amendments passed to check rigging in the elections, raises issues of his sincerity of purpose, and has the capacity to trigger political unrest and violence, which can in turn, truncate our hard-earned democracy.
“The PPCO invites Nigerians to note that this is the fourth time President Buhari is withholding assent on the amendment, without any cogent reason, following his rejection by Nigerians.
“Nigerians can recall how the Buhari Presidency plotted to plunge the 2019 elections into a needless controversy, by delaying the submission of the election budget to the National Assembly, presenting it at the time the Legislators were commencing their annual vacation, and asking for virement of funds already approved for development projects, instead of sending a fresh supplementary budget for the election.
“It is unfortunate that Mr. President, in his desperation to hold on to power, has resorted to taking steps that are capable of destabilising our nation, just because the people are resolute in voting him out of office, democratically.
“It is also instructive to note that President Buhari is mortally afraid of the amendments, because they essentially checked the All Progressives Congress (APC) rigging plans, including the use of underage and alien voters, vote-buying, alteration of results, and manipulation of voter register; for which the APC and the Buhari Presidency have been boasting of winning the 2019 elections.
“While urging the National Assembly to save our democracy and forestall an imminent electoral crisis, the PPCO also charges all political parties, other critical stakeholders, and Nigerians in general, to rise in the interest of our nation, and demand the entrenching of rules and processes, that will guarantee the conduct of free, fair and credible elections, as nothing short of that would be accepted”.