The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Tuesday said it was not surprised that President Muhammadu Buhari withheld his assent to the legislation by the National Assembly, reordering the sequence of general elections in the country.
Buhari had transmitted a letter to both chambers of the National Assembly, stating that he would not sign the Bill which seeks to amend the electoral act of 2010. The letter was read out to lawmakers during Tuesday’s plenary.
Amongst other things, the President cited section 25 in the Principal Act as infringing on the provision of 1999 constitution which mandates the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to undertake matters pertaining to regulation of election guideline and conduct of elections.
Reacting to the development on Tuesday, the National Publicity Secretary to the PDP, Mr. Kola Ologbondinya, said the opposition was not in any way disappointed by the development particularly, given the tendencies Buhari “has continued to display as a politician”.
Ologbondinya said, “The PDP believes in democracy and subscribes to all its tenets including the respect for the powers of the National Assembly to make laws and to amend such laws as occasion demands.
“In the light of this development, the PDP, and indeed all well-meaning Nigerians, now eagerly await the final decision of the National Assembly on this amendment.
“As a party, we are not afraid of the 2019 general elections because we know that Nigerians have already rejected President Buhari and his dysfunctional All Progressives Congress (APC)”.
The PDP spokesman reiterated the commitment of the party to provide all the members with a level playing ground to choose a Presidential candidate in a National Convention, saying it shall be open, free, fair, credible and transparent.
“We know that with the support of Nigerians, any candidate that emerges on our platform ahead of 2019 will clinically defeat President Buhari at the polls and lead our nation back to the path of progress, national cohesion and a vibrant economy,” he added.