Nigeria democracy sitting on keg of gunpowder — Secondus, PDP govs call for vigilance ahead of Edo poll

Nigeria democracy sitting on keg of gunpowder — Secondus, PDP govs call for vigilance ahead of Edo poll

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The national Chairman of Peoples Democratic party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus has described Nigeria democracy to a nation that is ‘on a keg of gunpowder in which no one can foretell the ending due to the penchant for ‘rigging’ elections.

PRESIDENT MUHAMMADU BUHARI CONFIDING IN THE SENATE , AHMED LAWAN, SPEAKER OF HIUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, HON. FEMI GBAJABIAILA AND ANOTHER PRINCIPAL OFFICER OF THE NATIONAL ASSEMBLY WHEN THE LATER PRESENTED THE 2019 BUDGET TO A JOINT SESSION OF THE LEGISLATURE

He said this during Edo PDP Mega rally to round-off its Governorship Campaign held on Tuesday at the Samuel Ogbemudia stadium in Benin City ahead of Governorship election on Saturday.

Secondus, called on President Muhammadu Buhari and the leadership Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as well as heads of the various security agencies in Nigeria to march words with action and deliver credible election in Edo State in order for their bogus assurances not to end up as mere rhetoric.

He demanded for an end to rigging and other electoral malpractices, adding that if the electoral umpire under the watch of President Muhammadu Buhari fail to deliver on their electoral mandate, they will be no need for further elections in Nigeria.

“The IGP, the Director of DSS and other heads of security agencies have made promises towards a free and fair election in Edo. We want to see if you will fulfill your promises.

“If you do not fulfill your promises, they will be no election in Nigeria again because it is one man, one vote.

“Nigeria democracy is on a keg of gunpowder because of rigging. Rigging must stop here in Edo; If not, it will be difficult to carry on with elections in Nigeria.

“If you do not fulfill your promises, they will be no election in Nigeria again because it is one man, one vote”, he said.

He also warned Mr. Ahmed Bola Tinubu, former Governor of Lagos State not to extend his expansionist tendency from Lagos State to Edo State not to lose his respect.

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FILE: FORMER GOVERNOR OF LAGOS STATE AND NATIONAL LEADER OF APC, AHMED BOLA TINUBU

“Your expansionist tendency, you can’t extend it to Edo State. Edo is South South. So, punish that leader by voting for Obaseki on that. Punish APC and Oshiomhole on that day. No more godfatherism.

“How can somebody come from Lagos and want to be godfather in Edo State?”, he quarried.

According to him, “The American government has put in more risk to election riggers…Those who will rig Edo election will be restricted with their families. If they have American Visa, that Visa will be cancelled no matter how highly placed they may be.

“We call on the other Countries. Other democratic Countries, the European Union (EU), the United Kingdom (UK) and all the other Countries…”, Secondus stressed.

Addressing the rally, the national Chairman of PDP Campaign Council for Edo Governorship election and Rivers State Governor, Mr. Nyesom Wike and the Governor of Delta State, Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa, appealed to Stakeholders in the election to ensure that the votes count.

The duo, called on PDP eligible voters in Edo State Governorship election to be vigilance and resist plot by some highly placed politicians outside the State to undermine steal victory from the jaws of the oppressed.

Wike emphasized that though, the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmud Yakubu had said nobody will rig the election and that the election will be free and fair. But, they owe Nigerians a duty towards ensuring that their promises do not end up as mere rhetoric.

“What we have come to let you know is this. Do not say because you have won, then go and sit down.

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“All we must do it to prevail on INEC to follow due process.

“I agree with what the security agencies are saying that Edo election must be free and fair. But, you must be vigilant. It is not assurance that they give we must follow. We must sieve through thoroughly.

“If you know that you are determine to fight godfatherism in Nigeria politics, come out and re-elect Governor Godwin Obaseki.

“The end of godfatherism in Nigerian politics will end in Edo State.

“All of you, all the youths, all the women, all the girls and everybody should wear their jeans on the day of election. Nobody should wear skirt on election day. Follow the votes, bumper to bumper until results are announced”, he advised.

Okowa who is the Chairman of PDP Governors in South South, charged voters to “ensure that you vote and finish the work that you have started on election day with your PVCs. Shine your eyes very well. Majority cannot be cheated in an election. We do not want anybody to cheat our brother. We want to be complete. And nobody can change it.

“I am from Edo State. For those who do not know, my grandmother is from Edo State. She is from Igbanke. My father-in-law is from Igbake…Let them say whatever they like because I can see that you are already fired up and prepared for the election.

On his part, the Chairman of PDP Governors Forum and Sokoto State Governor, Mr. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, berated the national leader of APC, Chief Ahmed Bola Tinubu over his interference in Edo State Governorship election.

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Tambuwal who arrested to the achievements of the Candidate of the PDP in the election, Governor Godwin Obaseki, appealed to voters in the State to shun any form of harassment and turn out en mass and re-elect the incumbent Governor.

He appealed to voters to resist all forms of inducement and shun voter apathy.

“I heard somebody is bringing bullion van to buy votes in Edo State on Saturday.

“Do not sell your freedom. I appeal to you to protect your votes.

“I appeal to INEC to conduct a free, fair and credible election in Edo State. That is what we are demanding from Yakabu-led INEC.

“We appeal to you to exercise your franchise. No intimidation. Even if they attempt to get you. Do not run away from your ballot box. Stay at your polling unit and get your votes counted until results are declared.

In his address, Governor Godwin Obaseki who is seeking a re-election to renew his first term in office, described his defection from the All Progressives Congress to PDP as a turning point in his life.

He revealed that since he joined the PDP, his orientation and perception about partisan politics, changed for good.

Obaseki who paid tribute to leaders and members of PDP for their support, promised to consolidate on the achievements recorded during his first term if given the mandate.

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