The Peoples Democratic party (PDP) has described All Progressives Congress (APC) Senators vote against of electronic transmission of election results by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as an insult on the sensibilities of Nigerians who looked up to the Senate for improvement in the nation’s electoral process to engender free, fair and credible process.
Recall that members of the APC in the Senate on Thursday voted against electronic transmission of results.
The Committee had, in the report, recommended in Section 52(3) that, INEC “may transmit results of elections by electronic means where and when practicable.
But the Publicity Secretary of PDP, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan in a statement on Thursday, accused the APC-led Senate of being “in a haste to murder Nigeria democracy”, even as it appealed to Nigerians to resist what it termed as “mass rigging of elections across Nigeria by the APC”.
He also said the decision of the APC Senators therefore amounts to a suspension of the 1999 constitution (as amended) which is a recipe for crisis that could derail our democracy and destabilize our nation.
According to him, The PDP however notes the efforts being made in the House of Representatives and urges lawmakers to return to the chamber on Friday and save the nation from what it termed as the machination of the APC as being pushed in the Senate.
Ologbondiyan said in the statement that “The PDP however notes the efforts being made in the House of Representatives and urges lawmakers to return to the chamber tomorrow and save our nation from the machination of the APC as being pushed in the Senate.
“Our party, standing with Nigerians, however commends the PDP senators as well as other democratically minded senators in the chamber for their resilience in voting for unconditional electronic transmission of results, in line with the wishes and aspiration of Nigerians for free, fair, clean and credible election.
“The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and indeed majority of Nigerians are shocked over the decision of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Senate to undermine our electoral process by refusing to approve the demand by Nigerians across board for electronic transmission of election results without conditionalities.
“The action of the APC senators is an atrocious assault on the sensibilities of Nigerians, who looked up to the Senate for improvement in our electoral process in a manner that will engender free, fair and credible process.
“It is outrageous that the APC and its Senators, in their desperate bid to annex the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) seek to route a statutorily independent commission to the approval of an individual masquerading in the Nigeria Communication Commission (NCC); an agency under executive control in addition to an extra endorsement of the legislature, before conducting elections.
“This action of the APC senators is a direct affront, novel in its recklessness and a defilement of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), which clearly conferred operational independence to INEC to conduct elections, free from interferences and regulations from any other agency of government.
“The decision of the APC Senators therefore amounts to a suspension of the 1999 constitution (as amended) which is a recipe for crisis that could derail our democracy and destabilize our nation”, he said.