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Friday, 13 April 2018

APC, INEC working to truncate democracy - PDP chairman Secondus tells EU

Secondus who spoke at the PDP secretariat during the EU team's visit led by Ketil Karlsen, said indicators on ground showed that the party was not preparing to conduct free and fair elections in 2019.

In a statement signed by his special assistent on media, Ike Abonyi, the PDP boss claimed that the government and its agencies were likely to rig the general polls.

He said: "What we see is marshal system of framing up opposition leaders and trying to intimidate them.‎ They are not ready to observe the rule of law and there is no democracy without rule of law

"We conducted elections in 2015, the party and the presidential candidate did not go to court, we had smooth transition because we believe in the rule of law.

"Nigeria as the largest black nation in the globe cannot afford crisis because of the huge effect it would have in the continent and the entire global democratic community if democracy is truncated."

Secondus also appealed to European Union and other international partners to keep a watch on Nigeria ahead 2019 and put pressure on the government and INEC for a free, fair and credible election.

He said that the European Union's visit is coming at the appropriate time given that President Muhammadu Buhari has just indicated interest to re-contest for a second term in 2019.

Secondus also stated that the PDP is mobilizing its members and other Nigerians ahead of the election through its rebranding project that is targeted at youths and women.
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