PDP Says U.S Is Right Over 2019 Polls, Military Usurping Buhari’s Power
The main opposition’s Peoples Democratic Party, supported the position of the US on the conduct of the 2019 elections.
It alleged that the military were sharing power with President Muhammadu Buhari.
The party said the involvement of the military in the conduct of the elections had shown that the President had either abandoned his job or that the military were no longer ready to face their constitutional roles of defending the territorial integrity of the country.
The PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, who stated this while reacting to the US assessment of the elections, said the military were behind the states whose elections were declared inconclusive by INEC.
He said the military practically took over the control of the elections by allegedly determining who should vote and whether such votes should count in many states or not.
He added that in some states like Rivers and Bauchi, the military took over collation centres and even barred some officers of the commission from gaining access to the centres where votes were meant to be counted and collated.
Secondus said, “It is not only the US that is disappointed; millions of Nigerians are also sad with the conduct of the elections. This is the first time in the history of elections in Nigeria that the military will be dictating the pace and whether the votes will count or not.
“We have all seen the report of INEC on Rivers State and others. It is obvious that the military have been sharing powers with the President. If this is not true, how can the military be the one to determine which results would be allowed into the collation centres?
“The military have abandoned their constitutional roles of defending the territorial integrity of the nation. They have become an arm of a political party. This is dangerous for the nation.
“The military are helping the ruling party to kill the opposition in order to have a one-party state. If that is allowed, then we may not have democracy again but a one-party state. That are shameful and unacceptable.
“The military are the one determining which state election is to be declared inconclusive with their actions.