Following the signing of the Electoral Amendment Act into law, by president Muhammadu Buhari, the Peoples Democratic Party PDP has reportedly termed the act as a ‘death knell’ for the All Progressives Congress, APC, noting that the bill would end the party’s era of rigging and manipulations during elections.
This was reportedly stated by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Hon. Debo Ologunagba, in a statement on Friday.
According to the statement, “The newly signed Electoral Act is a death knell for the All Progressives Congress (APC) which thrives in manipulations, ballot box snatching, ballot-box stuffing, and alteration of election results at the collation centers against the expressed Will of the people.”
The statement read that, “It is clear that President Buhari and the deflated APC had come to their wits end and bowed to the sustained pressure by the PDP and Nigerians for the entrenchment of processes that can guarantee free, fair, transparent, and credible elections in 2023.”
It noted that, “The victory by Nigerians in resisting the APC and compelling President Buhari to sign the new Electoral Act clearly signposts the inevitable triumph of the Will and aspiration of the people to kick out the APC through a process that ensures that votes cast at the polling units count.”
It maintained that “The PDP calls on Nigerians not to rest on their oars but to further strengthen their resolve by rallying themselves to take charge of their polling units and ensure that their votes are transparently counted and transmitted in the 2023 general elections.”
It posited, “Our Party, therefore, charges Nigerians and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to be at alert and resist all shenanigans of the APC ahead of the 2023 elections.”
The statement also remarked that, “While commending the International Community for standing on the side of democracy in Nigeria, the PDP counsels President Buhari to further redeem his image by reining in his party members who are reportedly seeking to deploy the instrumentality of violence to frustrate the efforts for free, fair and credible elections in 2023.”