National chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus has claimed that the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has mandated eight governors on its platform to move from door to door of members of National Assembly to “cage” them.
Addressing a gathering of PDP youth leaders drawn from all the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, at the party’s National Secretariat in Abuja, he stressed that, “we reject that move and we insist that that the will of Nigerians must be done. The will of Nigerians must prevail”.
Secondus, while stating that Nigeria has never been this divided by tribalism and nepotism, asserted that any country where the youths are not participating in the political development is doomed.
“The strength of the youth is the strength of the nation and you must take over the leadership of this party. To do this, you must go to the grassroots and mobilise the youths to rescue this country because this country is in crisis,” he said.
The PDP chairman, in a statement issued on Wednesday by his media aide, Ike Abonyi, said categorically that, “those who are moving from door to door, our governors, ministers, spending the people’s money; are they God?
“You are seeing the confusion in the APC today. They are blaming the IGP and the IGP is blaming them. One arm of the security is blaming the other.
“I watched on the television where they said government vetoed the Electoral Act because it infringed on the right of INEC to conduct elections. Have you ever heard this before? Who is INEC? Is INEC above the law? Is it not the National Assembly that make laws that govern INEC? Why are they afraid of the amendment? We want to assure Nigerians that the APC government cannot rig this election.
“Today, we have several Presidents. That is why the security chiefs can disobey because they don’t know which one to obey.
“Then there are those that have retired. I don’t want to mention any name. They are retiring from active service. Because where they are going is retirement. This new PDP is practicing internal democracy. Let them go and be retired because they have outlived their usefulness. They are running around from pillar to post. We will not bother them. They are our fathers. When the time comes, they will come back and the youths will provide food for them.”
Secondus further alleged that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has been turned into a parastatal of the APC, as he wondered why the ruling party is afraid of recent amendments to the Electoral Act, which have now been vetoed by President Buhari.
“I watched on the television where they said government vetoed the Electoral Act because it infringed on the right of INEC to conduct elections. Have you ever heard this before? Who is INEC? Is INEC above the law? Is it not the National Assembly that make laws that govern INEC? Why are they afraid of the amendment? We want to assure Nigerians that the APC government cannot rig this election,” he said.