THE National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, on Sunday, raised the alarm over an alleged underhand rigging of the 2023 general election by the All Progressives Congress.
Secondus said this in a statement titled, “APC has begun the rigging of 2023 Polls, Secondus cried out…says INEC is neglecting its responsibilities,” signed by his Media Adviser, Ike Abonyi.
He alleged that there were strong indications that the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), and his party, the APC, are unwilling to conducting free, fair and transparent elections in 2023.
The PDP National Chairman was reacting to a media report at the weekend showing that the Independent National Electoral Commission, was stopping its procurement of E- voting machines ahead of 2023 because of the rejection of e-mode of transmission of results by the National Assembly.
The statement read in part, “Secondus noted that since the existing Electoral Act and the Constitution gives unilateral powers to INEC to conduct credible elections in Nigeria, it does not need the National Assembly’s position to do its legitimate duties.
“From all indications, INEC is trying to abandon its constitutionally assigned responsibilities of conducting free, fair and transparent elections hiding under the cover of delayed amended Electoral Act or rejection of e-transmission of results.”
He observed that if the same INEC could conduct governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states in September and October last year respectively; without the amended Electoral Act, it can still be done all over the country.
Attempts to get an official response to the PDP statement were futile. As at the time of filing this report, calls and messages sent to party officials were yet to be responded to. However, a party official who asked not to be named said, “We will respond in due course.”