October 7, 2018

Press Statement

PDP: Our Presidential Primary, A Lesson to  INEC, APC

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says the orderliness, transparency
and credibility of its Presidential primary serve as direct lesson to
the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the All
Progressives Congress (APC) on how elections should be conducted in
present day Nigeria.

The party said that the process has shown that the electoral umpire, in
its manifest compromises, has been responsible for the electoral crises
at various levels of elections. It also shows that our citizens,
irrespective of their individual and group interests, are capable of
holding peaceful and credible elections that meet global standards.

The success of our presidential primary followed our strict adherence to
democratic rules and principles of transparency and fairness, which has
eluded the nation since President Muhammadu Buhari-led licentious
administration assumed office. Simply put, in the PDP Presidential
primary, every vote counted.

Nigerians are therefore no longer in doubt that our compromised
electoral umpire, under the Buhari administration, is ostensibly
culpable for injecting rancorous situations that create openings for
violence, manipulations, inconclusive polls and outright rigging of

We invite the whole world to note that the PDP conducted its
Presidential primary  and a clear winner, Atiku Abubakar, emerged,
without any form of disagreements or reliance on heavy security, showing
that Nigerians are peaceful, orderly and desirous of credible processes
at all levels of political engagement.

The PDP therefore charges INEC to stop blaming voters, accept
responsibility for its failure to conduct credible elections and learn
from our presidential primary, as we approach the 2019 general

Finally, the PDP restates its determination to dismantle APC’s rigging
machinery and return  credible processes in all spheres of our national


Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary