INEC may rig 2019 election – PDP chairman tells UN


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday said it did not have confidence in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus made the party’s position known while receiving a delegation of the United Nations, led by Mr Mohamed Ibn Chambas in Abuja.

“The new leadership of INEC, after the 2015 elections, has conducted series of elections; they have done their best but much is left to be desired.
“INEC must come out clean and clear for all parties to have confidence in its ability to conduct a free and fair elections.

“For us in the PDP, INEC has not given us the required confidence; we do not have confidence in INEC and that is one area we want the UN to intervene.
“We know no election is perfect but where malpractice is clear, INEC has to step up to its bidding,” UN quoted him as saying.

The chairman urged the UN to intervene in the issue bothering on the registration of underage voters in Kano and other parts of the country.

He said the National Assembly should carry out its statutory duties of amending and making laws which included the Electoral Act.

The chairman said that the PDP was ready to obey any law passed by the legislature and that the party was ready for victory no matter the sequence of election.

Earlier, the leader of the delegation, Mr Mohamed Ibn Chambas, said that the visit was in connection with the 2019 general elections.

He said that the United Nations desired early engagement with stakeholders for effective preparations.
Chambas said that the UN believed that peace was better than peace-keeping missions.

Chambas said that there were no fewer than 100,000 peace keepers across the globe and that it was very expensive, stressing the need to scale up preventive measures.

He said giving the role Nigeria played in West Africa, the UN was interested in a strong, stable and peaceful Nigeria for the benefit of the sub-region.
The UN official said due to the successes of the 2015 general elections, the world body had continued to use Nigeria as a yardstick for other African countries.

Chambas said the UN was willing to partner with all stakeholders in Nigeria for successful elections in 2019.



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