The Peoples Democratic party (PDP) has protested the non-signing of amended electoral Bill into law by President Muhammdu Buhari, which is aimed at addressing concerns in Nigeria’s tainted elections.
The appeal was contained in a Communiqué endorsed by Edo State Publicity Secretary of PDP, Mr Chris Nehikhare during a peaceful protest on Thursday in Benin City, which reaffirmed the recent protest by the party in some parts of the Country.
The Bill among others prescribes the announcement and pasting of results at each polling unit, and the electronic transmission of results from the polling unit straight to the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission.
But, the Nigerian leader had been spurned by by avalanche of criticisms from Nigerians over his alleged refusal to append his signature to the Bill, which was passed by the 8th National Assembly.
The Communiqué, tagged was ” Deepening Democracy in Nigeria — Signing the Electoral Amendment by Muhammadu Buhari “, said that Nigerians and Edo people were in agreement that “the amended electoral law will ensure free and fair election s across the Country.
“We therefore resolved to call on the President to, as a matter of urgency, sign into law the amended Act, and avail Nigerians their universal adult suffrage as guaranteed by the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights”.
Reacting to what it termed as a manifest error of the Supreme court which returned Mr Hope Uzodinma, Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the validly elected governor of Imo State, the Publicity Secretary from a distance 4th position, the Communiqué also said “the Imo State ruling is a clear misuse of judicial authority and usurpation of the statutory duties of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Our Correspondent reports that the protesters including legislators who were clad in weird attire, made a brief stop over at the Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, Edo State Council in Benin City where its State Chairman, Comrade Roland Osakue, described the delay in signing the Electoral Amendment Bill by President Muhammadu Buhari as an aberration.
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