The management of the Peoples Democratic (PDP) yesterday calls for the resignation of the Chairman of the Impartial Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) Mahmood Yakubu and Inspector Common of Police Ibrahim Idris.
At its National executive Committee (NEC) assembly in Abuja, Nationwide Chairman Uche Secondus mentioned the opposition party has misplaced confidence within the potential of the duo to supervise the conduct of credible elections subsequent yr.
The party is not going to settle for the result of a rigged train, Secondus insisted, warning that flawed polls would throw the nation into crises.
Senate President and Director Common of the PDP Presidential Marketing campaign Council Bukola Saraki reiterated the priority, noting: “I’ve mentioned it many instances that the All Progressives Congress (APC) will not be our opponent on the poll paper; it’s the safety brokers which might be opponents on the poll paper. In the event you speak to 10 Nigerians at the moment, they may inform you, ‘Sure, your party is standard however they may rig it.’ What does that imply? We should stand. We should stand without spending a dime and credible election. We should stand for an election the place individuals have the precise to vote.”
The party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, disclosed that if elected, his administration would enthrone a regime of strict adherence to the rules of fiscal accountability.
Based on him, “Our intention is to work very arduous and collectively liberate our nation from the shackles of starvation, hunger, deprivation, bloodletting, killings and division which bedevil us at the moment. We should all work arduous to return our nation to the trail of concord, peace and progress.”
He equally restated his readiness to tackle President Muhammadu Buhari in a debate on nationwide points.
Final week, the Nigerian Election Debate Group (NEDG) and the Broadcasting Organisation of Nigeria (BON) introduced that a debate for presidential contenders would maintain January 19, 2019. Earlier than then, vice presidential candidates would maintain their debate on December 14, 2018.
The PDP additionally inaugurated its presidential marketing campaign council with Secondus rising as chairman and Atiku as co-chairman. Former Kano State Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso is co-deputy chairman whereas Nationwide Publicity Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan is head of media and publicity.
There was a gentle drama on the assembly when the ‘Jubril’ controversy surfaced. On-line media has been awash with rumours that Buhari has a physique double that goes by that identify. Some commentators have even advised the president is a clone.
A loud voice had immediately punctuated Atiku’s speech with “Jubril should go!” to which the presidential candidate requested, “Which Jubril? Is it the one in Sudan or the one in Abuja?” The viewers met the joke with loud laughter.
However there’s nothing humorous concerning the concept. Actually, it’s “silly and idiotic,” mentioned Minister of Info Lai Mohammed.
He informed journalists in Abuja: “The concept a clone of the president or a physique double is impersonating the president is so idiotic that no severe authorities will reply to it. Is it not silly that some individuals would consider that the identical Jubril from Sudan is in N’Djamena, the Chadian capital, the place the president had gone to fulfill the Chadian president on learn how to tackle points troubling the area?”
He added: “While you go to council and memos are offered, the president as an example would say, ‘I keep in mind the Mambila energy venture. I’ve labored on the memo earlier than as Head of State.’ The president will inform you that as Head of State in 1984, he had data of the venture and he’ll re-engage you. And a few idiots would assume a Jubril from Sudan would do this? It’s so silly.”
Mohammed then turned his flak on a report that the US has granted Atiku a visa, saying: “Impression should not be created that the U.S. is endorsing one specific candidate over the opposite as a result of, as you’re all conscious, for greater than 12 years, there was a type of congressional bipartisan investigation of corruption towards sure people and which made it troublesome for the previous vice chairman to safe a U.S. visa.”
He defined: “I’m certain you all recall the Jefferson case, which concerned the preserving of an enormous quantity of dollars within the fridge. This isn’t the making of this administration, because it has been ongoing. Our place is that if the previous vice chairman already has a U.S. visa, we’ve got no drawback about it. However we need to warn the U.S. authorities to not give the impression that it’s endorsing one specific candidate over the opposite as a result of that’s going to occur if abruptly the previous vice chairman is now granted a visa.
“We aren’t unaware and it is usually within the public area that he has engaged the providers of some lobbyists within the U.S. to facilitate the issuance of a visa for him. It’s his proper to take action, however we would like international locations to be impartial within the 2019 elections, and they need to please be cautious of taking any determination that may give the unsuitable impression that they’re favouring or endorsing one candidate over the opposite.”