Polls postponement: PDP accuses APC of “grand conspiracy,” asks INEC chairman to resign
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, called for the resignation of the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu.
This was contained in a statement by his media aide, Ike Abonyi.
Stating his party’s rejection of the postponement, Secondus said it is “deliberate, pre-determined agenda of President Muhammadu Buhari to cling on to power even when it’s obvious to him that Nigerians want him out”.
He explained that the postponement was part of a “grand design” by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to thwart the will of Nigerians “at all cost”.
Continuing, he said, the APC “in connivance with INEC have been trying all options including but not limited to burning down INEC offices in some states and destroying of electoral materials to create artificial problems upon which to stand for their dubious act.”
“With several of their rigging options failing, they have to force INEC to agree to a shift in the election or a staggered election with flimsy excuses pre-manufactured for the purpose,” he said in the statement sent to TheCable.
“For the avoidance of doubt the PDP sees this action as wicked and we are also aware of other dubious designs like the deployment of hooded security operatives who would be ruthless on the people ostensibly to scare them away.”
Secondus noted that the “wicked killing” of over 60 persons mostly women and children in southern Kaduna on the eve of election “is a copious ploy by the APC to frighten the people away from voting knowing too well that they were not going to record any vote from the area”.
“Recall that the Governor of Kaduna state, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai had earlier threatened international election observers of going to their country in body bags and with the fatal violence in the state on the eve of election, it’s clear what the motives are, to frighten the observers from the state so that he can carry out his nefarious acts,” he said.
Secondus added that President Buhari’s statement that nobody can unseat him from office as pointer to his plan to scuttle the elections.