The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Uche Secondus, has accused the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, of planning to rig the forthcoming 2023 general elections.
Uche Secondus, in a statement signed by his Media Adviser, Ike Abonyi, noted that the All Progressives Congress and the Presidency respectively, were not working towards a free and fair general election in the year 2023.
The PDP National Chairman was reacting to media reports to the effect that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, is halting procurement of electronic voting machines for the 2023 elections because the National Assembly rejected e-transmission of election results.
He said INEC is trying to abdicate its constitutionally assigned responsibilities under the cover of rejection of e-transmission of election results or delayed amendment of the Electoral Act, adding that the Independent National Electoral Commission is empowered by the 1999 Constitution and the existing Electoral Act to conduct credible elections, therefore, they do not need approval from the National Assembly to perform their duties.
He cautioned that democratic observers, including the Peoples Democratic Party and Nigerians at large are watching the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, ahead of the forthcoming 2023 general elections and it could be disastrous, if INEC dances to the antics of the ruling All Progressives Congress.
Uche Secondus, therefore charged the Independent National Electoral Commission to remain an unbiased umpire and efficient electoral body, especially during the 2023 general elections.
According to Uche Secondus, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, was able to conduct a free and fair governorship elections in both Edo and Ondo States in the months of September and October last year respectively even without the amended Electoral Act, then he doesn’t see why it is not possible for the electoral body to replicate the same feat all over the country in the forthcoming 2023 general election.