NEC: Onochie’s Rejection At Senate Is Victory For Nigerians, Democracy- PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) describes the Senate’s rejection of
President Muhammadu Buhari’s nomination of his aide and All Progressives
Congress (APC) chieftain, Lauretta Onochie, as a national commissioner
in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), as the triumph
of the Nigerian people over the barefaced attempt by the Buhari led-APC
administration to corrupt and hijack the commission ahead of 2023
elections.

The PDP asserts that the rejection of Lauretta Onochie by Nigerians has
saved the nation from very serious crisis as well as salvaged INEC and
the entire Nigerian electoral process from a ruinous pollution that
would have led to the collapse of our democratic order.

The party asserts that Onochie’s vexatious nomination, in total affront
to paragraph 14 of the 3rd schedule of the 1999 Constitution (as
amended), was a very dangerous machination by the Buhari-led APC
Presidency against our electoral process, in the attempt to subvert the
will of the people in the 2023 elections.

The APC, in spite of its shenanigans, is aware that it will have
difficulties winning election at any level in a free, fair and credible
election and as such it is determined to rig every process ahead of the
2023 elections.

Our party, therefore, commends Nigerians including civil society
organizations, the media as well as other political parties, for joining
forces with the PDP in fighting for the sanctity of our electoral
process by resisting Onochie’s nomination.

The stiff resistance displayed by Nigerians across board, in repelling
this vicious attempt to hijack and pollute the electoral commission,
underscores their collective and unwavering determination to resist and
kick out the APC in 2023, despite its shenanigans.

The PDP urges Nigerians not to rest on their oars but to continue in
this spirit in fighting for our democracy, particularly in further
resisting the attempt to alter the Electoral Act to prohibit direct
electronic transmission of elections results from polling units.

It is clear that the APC is pushing for the prohibition of electronic
transmission of results because it seeks to use its usual malpractices
alteration of figures, switching of results as well as disappearance of
ballot materials while on transit to collation centers to, again,
subvert the will of the people and manipulate its hold on power in 2023.

Our party, standing shoulder to shoulder with the Nigerian people, will
use every means available and permissible under our laws to ensure that
such provision that seeks to institutionalize and endorse rigging is not
allowed to pass.

The PDP therefore counsels the APC to read the handwriting on the wall
and know that Nigerians are ready and waiting to resist them at any turn
ahead of the 2023 election.

Signed:

Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary

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