The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has said that it is amused by the latest utterances of the Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus calling on both the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Yakubu Mahmoud and the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Idris Ibrahim to resign.
This is as the Party, said that Secondus’ call is on account of the PDP’s baseless suspicions ahead of the 2019 General Elections.
In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary,Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu on Sunday, the APC stressed that, “It is a pity that the once boisterous PDP, having undermined the country for 16 years through mindless undemocratic actions, has now become a caricature of a political party”.
Issa-Onilu however noted that the latest outburst is yet another reminder of how the PDP government serially abused state institutions in the pursuit of selfish political and economic interests, adding that PDP is now being haunted by its sordid past and the “ruinous party” is now scampering from its own shadow.
“It is sad that the PDP hounds have continued to take Nigerians for granted, thinking by embarking on scaremongering, the voters could forget their wanton crimes.
“Nigerians are not gullible, it is now apparent that the PDP in a bid to hide their inadequacies and undesirability as elections approaches has chosen to populate the public space with unfounded allegations.
“The All Progressives Congress (APC) continues to stand for and would defend a participatory democracy where elections are transparent, credible, free and fair. We also call on relevant agencies to monitor the PDP as its recent utterances are a red flag. We must prevent a reoccurrence of the PDP’s typical undemocratic practices during elections. Never again will a selfish few distort the wishes of the electorate”, the statement read.
Uche Secondus had at the National Executive committee (NEC) meeting of the party in Abuja on Thursday, called for the resignation of both the Inspector General of Police and the INEC chairman.
He accused the IGP of working for the All Progressives Congress (APC) to “arrest and intimidate its opponents”, and also alleged that the INEC chairman lacked the will and capacity to deliver free and fair elections.
According to Secondus’, “We want to do this advance warning that we are lovers of democracy and peace.
“We therefore call on the INEC leadership headed by Professor Yakubu to quietly resign because he does not have strong will and courage to conduct free and fair election.
“We also call on the IGP to resign and go because I have never witnessed in the history of our nation, from the First Republic even in the military regime, we have never seen this kind of act and the way and manner the police force have been used by the government of APC against the ordinary citizens”, Secondus said.