Prince Uche Secondus, The National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), said that it would be hard for the party to participate in future elections if there is no electoral reforms in the country.
Secondus made this statement while receiving a team of Election, Party Monitoring Department of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at the PDP Abuja secretariat on Monday, According to the Nation Nigeria.
The party chairman also blamed INEC for conniving with opposition party in rigging elections in Nigeria rather than controlling it.
The statement reads “We stand vindicated in the eyes of many electoral watchers as all our fears and apprehensions ahead of the elections came to fruition in the general election of February and March this year.
“The preceding governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun states earlier and the latest being the November 16, 2019 gubernatorial election in Bayelsa and Kogi states.
“Despite a standing lawful court ruling that military should be kept at a distance during elections as secondary security, we have all watched how they not only took over the primary security role from the police, but also in some instances, dictated and even connived with some INEC officials.
“Nigerians have watched how the electoral body, unable to control the military, relinquished their responsibility to them and still curiously went ahead to authenticate such fraud”.
“Such legal framework should address the issue of security, electronic voting and collation of results and punishment for electoral offenders.
“The survival and sustenance of our democracy rest squarely on the integrity of the electoral commission which will derive from the character and the impartiality of its operatives.
“The effect of bad elections in our polity has been far reaching, stagnating the political and economic development and permanently hoisting on the people unpopular and incompetent leaders.
“The tension and uncertainty in the country today is clearly fallout of election mishap in February. Free, fair and credible election is exactly what PDP and indeed global democracy demand and expect from INEC”, Secondus said.