The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus has alerted international community that the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC-led government and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, are working to truncate the nation’s hard-earned democracy nurtured by the PDP administration for 16 years.
Receiving a team of European Union, EU, led by Ketil Karlsen, he stated that the party is concerned at the emerging signs showing that 2019 election might be rigged, stressing that there are indications that the ruling party is not preparing to conduct free and fair election in 2019.
Secondus, according to a statement issued on Thursday by his media adviser, Ike Abonyi, told his visitors that rather than preparing to conduct free and fair election, “What we see is marshal system of framing up opposition leaders and trying to intimidate them.
“They are not ready to observe the rule of law and there is no democracy without rule of law.
“We conducted election in 2015, the party and the Presidential candidate did not go to court, we had smooth transition because we believe in the rule of law.
“Nigeria as the largest black nation in the globe cannot afford crisis because of the huge effect it would have in the continent and the entire global democratic community if democracy is truncated.”
Secondus then appealed to European Union and other international partners to keep a watch on Nigeria ahead 2019 and put pressure on the government and INEC for a free, fair and credible election.
He said that the European Union’s visit is coming at the appropriate time given that President Muhammadu Buhari has just indicated interest to recontest for a second term in 2019.
The PDP chairman stated that the main opposition party is mobilizing its members and other Nigerians ahead of the election through its rebranding project that is targeted at youths and women.