Tackle Electoral Violence – PDP Tells Buhari

SAN FRANCISCO, November 23, (THEWILL) – The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to address the issue of violence during elections in the country.

The party said this in a statement on Saturday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, a day after President Buhari said he has no third term agenda.

The President had told leaders of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), at a meeting on Friday in Abuja that he could afford to be reckless because he had no plans to remain in power after his second term.

In its reaction, the PDP faulted the violent incidents recorded in the just concluded governorship election in Kogi and Bayelsa States and asked the President to focus his attention on how to tackle the killings and purported alteration of election results alleged by the ruling party under his watch.

The PDP asked President Buhari to summon the nation’s service chiefs and order a presidential investigation into the violence recorded in the elections.

“Touting a respect for the constitution as a way of bringing the issue to public discussion cannot give it a life,” the party stressed.

“The PDP notes that if President Buhari seeks to uphold the constitution, he should have used the APC NEC meeting to directly and strongly condemn his party’s resort to violence, killing, forceful invasion of polling units and alteration of results to seize power in the November 16th Kogi and Bayelsa states governorship election as well as the Kogi West Senatorial election.

“It is also unfortunate that instead of taking concrete and decisive steps to bring the perpetrators of the heinous crimes in Kogi and Bayelsa to book and give assurances of electoral reforms, Mr President is rather seeking to make discourse of an unattainable third term.

“Mr President should know that Nigerians’ expectation of him, in this second and, of course, last term, is the restoration of rule of law and a legacy of electoral reforms that will guarantee free, fair and credible election in Nigeria.

“Anything short of this is unacceptable,” the PDP said.