By Myke Uzendu, Abuja
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Prince Uche Secondus has stressed that the 2019 general elections will not hold if the Independent National Election (INEC) and security agencies collude to rigs the Ekiti governorship election.
Secondus made the statement while addressing the Press at the Party’s National Secretariat after their protest match from the National Assembly to INEC headquarters in Abuja following police invasion and brutality of the governor of Ekiti State Peter Ayodele Fayose and other PDP supporters on Wednesday in Ado Ekiti.
PDP had earlier instructed its state chapters to hold similar protests in all the States of the federation even as prominent politicians have condemned the attack.
Secondus emphasised that the party is aware of a purported plans by INEC and the APC to rig the Ekiti election but maintained that the planned rigging is an invitation to anarchy and chaos as well as a pointer that INEC was not prepared for the 2019 general election.
He said, “Our intelligence shows clearly that some INEC officials and some security agents are in collusion to rig election in Ekiti. We have been informed that what they did in Edo state, what they called result replacement is what they are planning to use to rig election in Ekiti and we brought all these things to INEC leadership that if they compromise and rig the election, the consequences of their actions they will bear because if you rig the election, it is a recipe for crisis,” Secondus threatened. He stated that in a letter which they submitted at the INEC headquarters, he reminded them of what happened sometimes ago in Ekiti when they attempted to rigged Ekiti election, which left the state in turmoil.
He equally cautioned that INEC should not adopt the method of postponement, re-run or declaring the election inconclusive.
“It was very brute in Edo when INEC conducted Edo elections. First they postponed the election as inconclusive election, all these were their strategies to rig the election. We want a free and fair election in Ekiti State. Anything short of that will be a recipe for problems and crisis and in our own judgment, there may not be elections in 2019 because that will be the beginning of crisis in our nation.
“We believe that the best INEC can give to this nation is to allow free and fair election. If he uses all the forces that are available to the government to frighten the people and also use federal might to frighten the people, that will be one sure road to crisis.”
The party Chairman was vehement that PDP will resist all attempts to rig Ekiti elections, just as he asked the people not to be intimidated by the heavy presence of high ranking security personnel that have invaded the state.
“We want to warn that our party, will not condone and will resist every attempt to rig the election in Ekiti and general election that is coming. Right now in Ekiti, some of our leaders are being arrested and all that they plan to do in Ekiti right now is that they have sent the highest ranking officers and the whole Ekiti is traumatised, they are worried, will they allow them to come out on Saturday to vote? So, Nigerians are watching whether there will be election in 2019, it will start with the Ekiti State election. The international community I believe are also watching to find if there will be election in Nigeria in 2019”.
Meanwhile INEC has assured that there will be a free, fair and credible election in Ekiti on Saturday.
Receiving the PDP protest team led by Secondus, Dr Adekunle Ogunmola, an INEC National Commissioner, reiterated that the mandate of INEC is to conduct free, fair and credible elections, assuring that INEC is committed to ensuring that.