#PMBAt77: Back your promises with action, PDP tells Buhari

• Tasks President to support Electoral reforms, prosecute riggers

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Tuesday, dismisses President Muhammadu Buhari’s birthday declaration to bequeath a legacy of free and fair elections as diversionary posturing, which would not sway Nigerians to place any trust in present administration as far as elections were concerned.

In a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, the main opposition party said that President Buhari “cannot claim to be committed to free and fair election after he refused to sign the amendment to the Electoral Act and had continue to endorse the outcome of bloody and manipulated governorship elections that occurred in Bayelsa, Kogi, Kano, Ekiti, Osun as well as the 2019 general elections, in which he and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), were huge beneficiaries.”

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According to the Party, “Mr President cannot rightly assert a commitment to electoral reform when he congratulated all beneficiaries of past flawed elections, while his administration failed to take any decisive step to bring known riggers and perpetrators of violence in these elections to book.

“Our party notes that penance is a process from which a President is not forbidden. However, we invite Mr President to note that the true electoral reform, which our nation requires today, goes beyond mere verbal posturing. He needs to openly support the strengthening of our electoral laws and the decisive application of the provisions thereof.”

The Party, therefore, urged Buhari to demonstrate that commitment for the free, fair and credible electoral process by immediately returning the Electoral Act amendment bill to the National Assembly for accelerated consideration with a commitment from him to sign it into law upon passage.

It demanded that the demonstration of this birthday declaration should also include a presidential order for the immediate prosecution of the killers of Mrs Salome Abu and all those killed in the last Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections respectively.

According to it, “Mr President should as well order the release of information to Nigerians on who was responsible for the deployment of a police helicopter to attack voters who queued up to perform their civic responsibilities and aided the manipulation of the Kogi governorship election to favour his party

“Moreover, as part of a commitment to this birthday declaration, Mr President must assure Nigerians that he will not interfere in the process of legislative consideration of all amendments required in the electoral act, which is the only way to guarantee free, fair and credible elections in our country.”

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