PDP Attacks Buhari For Rejecting Electoral Amendment Bill
Timothy Adegbola, Lagos, Nigeria (GVS) – Nigeria’s leading opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday attacked President Muhammadu Buhari for his position on the rejection of the election sequence bill passed by the National Assembly and sent for his assent.
It can be recalled that President Buhari had rejected the bill stating that it can infringe on the constitutionally guaranteed discretion of INEC to organize, undertake and supervise all elections provided in section 16(a) of the constitution. The President’s rejection of the bill was conveyed in an official communication to the two chambers of the National Assembly and read at plenary.
In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party said it was not surprised by the President’s action given the tendencies he has continued to display as a politician.
The party said: “The PDP believes in democracy and subscribes to all its tenets including the respect for the powers of the National Assembly to make laws and to amend such laws as occasion demands.
“In the light of this development, the PDP, and indeed all well-meaning Nigerians, now eagerly await the final decision of the National Assembly on this amendment.
“As a party, we are not afraid of the 2019 general elections because we know that Nigerians have already rejected President Buhari and his dysfunctional All Progressives Congress (APC).
“Against this backdrop, the PDP assures to provide all the members of our great party a level playing ground to choose a presidential candidate in a national convention that promises to be open, free, fair, credible and transparent.
“We know that with the support of Nigerians, any candidate that emerges on our platform ahead of 2019 will clinically defeat President Buhari at the polls and lead our nation back to the path of progress, national cohesion and a vibrant economy.”
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