INEC: Onochie’s Rejection Has Saved Nigeria’s Electoral System From Ruinous Pollution – PDP


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the Senate’s rejection of President Muhammadu Buhari’s nomination of his aide, Lauretta Onochie, as a national commissioner in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), as triumph of Nigerian people over the barefaced attempt to corrupt and hijack the electoral commission ahead of 2023 elections.

PDP in a statement said Onochie’s rejection has saved the nation from very serious crisis as well as salvaged INEC and the entire electoral process from a ruinous pollution that would have led to the collapse of democratic order.

The party’s national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said, “Onochie’s vexatious nomination, in total affront to paragraph 14 of the 3rd schedule of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), was a very dangerous machination by the Buhari-led APC Presidency against our electoral process, in the attempt to subvert the will of the people in the 2023 elections.

“The APC, in spite of its shenanigans, is aware that it will have difficulties winning election at any level in a free, fair and credible election and as such it is determined to rig every process ahead of the 2023 elections.

“Our party, therefore, commends Nigerians including civil society organizations, the media as well as other political parties, for joining forces with the PDP in fighting for the sanctity of our electoral process by resisting Onochie’s nomination.

“The stiff resistance displayed by Nigerians across board, in repelling this vicious attempt to hijack and pollute the electoral commission, underscores their collective and unwavering determination to resist and kick out the APC in 2023, despite its shenanigans.”

PDP, therefore, urged Nigerians not to rest on their oars but to continue in the spirit of fighting for democracy, particularly in further resisting the attempt to alter the Electoral Act, 2010 to prohibit direct electronic transmission of election results from polling units.

“It is clear that the APC is pushing for the prohibition of electronic transmission of results because it seeks to use its usual malpractices alteration of figures, switching of results as well as disappearance of ballot materials while on transit to collation centers to, again, subvert the will of the people and manipulate its hold on power in 2023.

“Our party, standing shoulder to shoulder with the Nigerian people, will use every means available and permissible under our laws to ensure that such provision that seeks to institutionalize and endorse rigging is not allowed to pass,” he added.

PDP, however, counseled APC to read the handwriting on the wall and know that Nigerians are ready and waiting to resist them at any turn ahead of the 2023 election.

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