Electoral Act: PDP Presidential Campaign Urges NASS To Override Buhari


Says President Pushing Nigeria to the Brinks

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Organization 
(PPCO) charges the National Assembly to save the nation’s democracy by 
immediately overriding President Muhammadu Buhari’s refusal to sign the 
amendment of the Electoral Act.

The PDP Campaign says this legislative action has become imperative as 
the President’s decision is a calculated attempt to hold the nation to 
ransom, inject crisis into the electoral process and ultimately scuttle 
the conduct of the 2019 general elections, seeing that there is no way 
he can win in a free and fair contest.

President Buhari’s repeated refusal to sign amendments passed to check 
rigging in the election, raises issues of his sincerity of purpose and 
has the capacity to trigger political unrest and violence, which can, in 
turn, truncate our hard-earned democracy.

The PPCO invites Nigerians to note that this is the fourth time 
President Buhari is withholding assent on the amendment, without any 
cogent reason following his rejection by Nigerians.

Nigerians can recall how the Buhari Presidency plotted to plunge the 
2019 elections into a needless controversy by delaying the submission of 
the election budget to the National Assembly, presenting it at the time 
the legislators were commencing their annual vacation and asking for 
virement of funds already approved for development projects, instead of 
sending a fresh supplementary budget for the election.

It is unfortunate that Mr. President, in his desperation to hold on to 
power, has resorted to taking steps that are capable of destabilizing 
our nation, just because the people are resolute in voting him out of 
office democratically.

It is also instructive to note that President Buhari is mortally afraid 
of the amendments because they essentially checked the All Progressives 
Congress (APC) rigging plans, including the use of underage and alien 
voters, vote-buying, alteration of results and manipulation of voter 
register; for which the APC and the Buhari Presidency have been boasting 
of winning the 2019 elections.

While urging the National Assembly to save our democracy and forestall 
an imminent electoral crisis, the PPCO also charges all political 
parties, other critical stakeholders and Nigerians in general, to rise 
in the interest of our nation and demand the entrenching of rules and 
processes that will guarantee the conduct of free, fair and credible 
elections, as nothing short of that would be accepted.

Signed:

Kola Ologbondiyan
Director, Media & Publicity
PDP Presidential Campaign Council

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