PDP Reconsiders Participation In 2019 Elections

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said it is reconsidering its participation in the forthcoming 2019 general elections.

The Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, made this known on Thursday when he received a Joint International Election Observation Mission fielded by two main American international civil agencies, the National Democratic Institute, (NDI) and the International Republican Institute (IRI), at the party headquarters in Abuja.

Mr. Secondus said “We are yet to take the decision whether we will participate or not, we are no longer confident in INEC or in our own security.”

He claimed that the party contested against the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Security agencies, not the All Progressives Congress, (APC).

“In Ekiti state governorship election last Saturday we did not contest with APC we contested with INEC and Security agencies,” he said.

The PDP chairman described the incidence in Ekiti State as not just electoral fraud but robbery in connivance and collusion with INEC and security agencies.

He further stated that the party is consulting with its relevant organs in the review of Ekiti election to reconsider their position on 2019 general elections.

According to Secondus, a scenario where bodies that should be neutral in a contest are brazenly and blatantly helping to manipulate the process in favour of one party is antithetical to democracy and is a dangerous signal.

He said that there were clear indications for all to see that the ruling APC is scheming to engineer more crisis in the land to enable them to manipulate the electoral process in their favour in connivance with security agencies.

“For us as an opposition party, we have lost confidence in INEC and security agencies”, he said.

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