The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has vehemently rejected the postponement of the general elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The strongest opposition alleges that the new arrangement was a deliberate attempt of President Muhammadu Buhari, who is the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), to cling on to power even though it was obvious to him that Nigerians have rejected him.
Prince Uche Secondus, the National Chairman of the PDP, in his reaction to the sudden announcement by INEC, said that the postponement was a grand plan by the ruling APC to thwart the will of Nigerians.
The PDP further called for the immediate resignation of Prof. Yakubu, adding that the party will not accept “anything short of a well organised electoral process devoid of manipulation, harassment and intimidation of voters and the opposition particularly members of the PDP.”
He also accused INEC of conniving with APC, saying that the ruling party and the electoral body “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.”
“Having failed in all their nefarious options to enable them cling on to power, the APC and the INEC came up with the idea of shifting election, an action that is dangerous to our democracy and is therefore unacceptable.”
“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.
“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.”
The PDP Chairman noted that Buhari has further demonstrated his “insensitivity costing the huge cost after Nigerians including those who came home from abroad have all mobilised to their various constituencies.”
He also drew the attention of the world to the recent statement of Buhari on international media that nobody can unseat him from office, saying that that is an indication of what he wants to do.
Secondus also said that the president who signed the peace accord and promised a fair and transparent election had sent soldiers and other security operatives to arrest, harass and intimidate opponents in Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Kwara, Kano, and Kaduna State.
Secondus also said that the PDP had earlier alerted Nigerians that the APC was coming up with rigging strategies which also includes “burning down of INEC offices and engineering crisis in PDP stronghold areas to scare away the people.”
He also alleged that the killing of over 60 persons in Southern Kaduna on the eve of the elections was a copious plot by the APC to frighten the people in the area away from voting.
“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,” the PDP Chairman added.