A pro-opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) under the aegis of the Northern PDP New Media Strategists (NPDPNMS) has said it received with rude shock and dismay the news of presentation of an APC card carrying member and apologist, Mrs. Lauretta Onochie as nominee for National Commissioner into the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The group said this was coming against the backdrop of undenied allegations that President Buhari appointed his family relation, Amina Zakari as INEC chairman before the 2019 elections which were clearly marred by rigging and subversion of the will of the electorates.”
This was contained in a statement signed by Muhammad Abdallah, the National Public Relations Officer of the Northern PDP New Media Strategists (NPDPNMS).
The added that “the 2019 election is adjudged to be the worst in the history of elections in Nigeria by so many observer bodies both local and international.
“To appoint Mrs Lauretta Onochie, a Presidential aide and a full blooded member of the APC into the INEC, is akin to being a Judge in your own case.
“We, the northern PDP new media strategists, see this as rigging of the 2023 elections in advance and will do everything, including calling on the international community to call and sanction President Buhari and his undemocratic manipulations of the electoral body, INEC.”
“We will rather President Buhari stop taking Nigerians for a jolly ride of convoluted democracy and just go ahead to appoint a President for Nigeria in 2023 instead of having a Lauretta Onochie as an umpire in an election which her party the APC will run against others.
“It will be recalled that, President Buhari has continue to erode all Democratic gains made in the 2015 Elections that brought him to power as an opposition.
“President Buhari’s refusal to assent the 2019 Electoral act has left the elections at the mercy of Manipulation, rigging and willful shortchanging of the will of Nigerians.
“As if that is not enough, then comes again the nomination of an APC stalwart and a Presidential aide into the electoral body, INEC.
“This nomination is unacceptable and immoral, as it is illegal.
“The Senate of the Federal Republic should reject the nomination, if President Buhari does not see reason to withdraw the nomination with immediate effect.
“President Buhari should also hasten up to initiate Electoral reforms, including assenting to the Electoral Act Amendment bill that will bring the required transparency and integrity to Nigeria Elections”, the statement read.