PDP Rejects Edo Poll Shift, Says “It Is A Coup Against The People”

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has rejected the postponement of the
Edo governorship election as announced by the Independent National
Electoral Commission Thursday.

The opposition party said the election should go ahead on Saturday as
originally scheduled, as there was no compelling reason to change the
date.

The election was moved by INEC after the police and the State Security
Service, SSS, said they could not guarantee security.

The electoral body had initially vowed to go ahead with the polls despite
the warning.

The PDP said the election date should “remain sacrosanct since there is no
tangible reason(s) evident to tamper with the Election”.

It said changing the date “was a less than ingenious attempt to ‘buy time’
for the governing All Progressives Congress, APC”.

“It is shameful and indeed a major constitutional breach for the security
agencies to act in concert with the APC to truncate an Election that had
been planned for months,” the party said in a statement signed by Dayo
Adeyeye, its interim spokesperson

“Nigerians were not deceived by the obvious concoctions of the security
agencies whose performances during elections have been less than average
since the advent of the Buhari Administration.”

“The postponement of the Election by INEC is illegal, unconstitutional and
a breach of the peoples’ trust in the Commission and the security
agencies.

“It is a coup against the people of Edo State in particular and Nigerians
in general. Since APC assumed power, virtually all elections conducted by
INEC have either been inconclusive or truncated.

Saturday’s Election in Edo State must be an exemption. We will not accept
anything less than free, fair and transparent election conducted and
concluded the same day,” it said.

The party called on INEC to rise to the occasion to restore the confidence
of Nigerians in its operations.

It said Edo is a test case and that with the way INEC is performing; “how
are we sure that it would be able to handle the 2019 national elections?”

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