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ELECTORAL ACT: Secondus berates APC, says ruling party has murdered democracy in Nigeria

From NDUKAIHE UGWU, Abuja

For seemingly jettisoning national interest to vote along party line on an issue as important in the democratic process as the electoral act, leading to the rejection of a proposal in the amendment act for electronic transmission of results, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has murdered Nigeria’s democracy, National Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Prince Uche Secondus has said.

According to a statement released by his media adviser, Ike Abonyi, Secondus who briefed newsmen yesterday in Abuja shortly after the voting in the House of Representatives, said the development showed “in unmistaken terms that APC is not ready to face the Nigerian electorate.”

“We have called you this afternoon to join our voices and anger with those of Nigerians and all lovers of democracy in condemning what happened in the National Assembly yesterday (Thursday) and today Friday (yesterday), how representatives of the people enjoying their mandate blatantly turned their back on them and toed a party line that clearly ran against the interest of the people,” Secondus was quoted as saying.

“By the APC choosing to put party interest above national interest, they have vividly murdered democracy by the actions of their members in the two chambers of the National Assembly yesterday (Thursday July 15) and today (Friday July 16. For  us in PDP, today is a Black Friday for democracy.”

According to the PDP National Chairman, it’s an established fact all over the free world that a free, fair and credible election is the tripod on which any democracy can hope to firmly stand.

Secondus said that from what happened in the National Assembly, it had become obvious that the shambolic attitude of the APC to the Electoral Act all along had been deliberate, as the APC and its members in the NASS never really wanted to do anything the would deepen democracy in the country.

“This is notwithstanding that the party is a huge beneficiary of Electoral Reform carried out by the PDP administration,” Secondus charged.

“We, therefore, unequivocally condemn and reject the amendment of Electoral Act as passed by the National Assembly and urge President Muhammadu Buhari to fulfil his anti-corruption crusade and see this as corruption and a big scam.”

Secondus assured that PDP would take all necessary legal steps to ensure that “this APC scam is not allowed to stand.”

He called on all lovers of democracy who see free, fair and transparent election as vital, to stand up against what he described as fraud.

Secondus commended members of the PDP in the two chambers for standing up for democracy when it mattered, saying history will be favourable to them.

“I like to also urge the press as the vanguard in the democratic struggle to take up arms against this anti democratic action,” the PDP National Chairman surmised.

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