The Peoples Democratic Party has advised President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressive Congress (APC) to bury any thoughts of staying in power one day longer than May 29, 2019.
The PDP says it rejects all ploys and plots to extend the scheduled dates for the general elections in 2019 and demand that all elections must hold as timetabled.
This was contained in a Press Statement issued today Wednesday September 12, 2018 and signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan.
The statement also cautioned the Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, not to allow himself to be used by the Presidency and the ruling APC to scuttle the conduct of credible elections and “push for illegal tenure elongation for President Buhari.”
The Statement says that PDP is not unaware of the fact that the mooting of the idea of postponement of the 2019 General Elections is an aftermath of series of secret meetings between INEC and APC on ways to thwart the conduct of the 2019 elections, “having realised that there is no hope for President Buhari in the polls.”
The release says that Nigerians and the international community have noted the different tactics by INEC to prevent credible elections, including its uncompromising resistance to the amendment of the Electoral Act by the National Assembly to check APC rigging plans.
PDP also noted what it called “exposed collaborations” between INEC and APC to manipulate voters’ register, register underage voters, and secretly create 30,000 illegal polling units in selected remote areas to allocate spurious votes to APC.
The statement reminded Nigerians of their earlier outcry over the plan by President Buhari to drag 2019 elections into needless controversy by purposely presenting the elections budget to the National Assembly when it was time for the parliamentarians to proceed on their annual recess.
“Ostensibly to ensure that the election does not escape controversy”, the Press Statement continues, “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”.
The statement accuses the Presidency and APC of trying to use INEC to scuttle the elections having realised that Nigerians are standing with PDP in order to “dismantle their rigging machine”.
“In that wise, our party cautions INEC Chairman to open up, expose the Buhari Presidency and immediately commence its Constitutional First Line Charge funding instruments instead (of) entangling itself with the plot to destroy our nation”, the Press Statement concluded.