CNPP raises alarm over plan to rig 2015 polls

Osita Okechukwu

Reporting from Nigeria: Mercy Abang

The Conference of Nigeria Political Party (CNPP) yesterday raised the alarm over what it called a ploy by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s plan to rig the 2015 election.

The opposition parties, in a statement by its National Publicicty Secretary Osita Okechukwu, said: “It is our considered view that unlike Governor Nyako, Nigerians are not going to ask President Jonathan, who to vote for in 2015 nor concede; more so when he had said he is not running and indeed the Supreme Court latest judgment on tenure had shut him out from running. The judgement ruled stating that no person shall be governor or president for more than eight years.”

The statement said: “Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) alerts Nigerians and international friends of Nigerian democracy who have invested heavily in our fledgling democracy that the PDP, in the name of National Convention to elect its National Executive Committee (NEC), has flagrantly against the best traditions of democracy; flagged-off the rigging of the 2015 general elections with guided election.

“Our strident alarm over commencement of rigging of 2015 is predicated on the fact that PDP is the mirror, poster and sign post of current Nigerian democracy to un-discerning observers and the outside world.

“The world mirrors Nigeria from the actions and inactions of the PDP, the party has defined the bad image of the country for the worst; having been in control of the Federal Government in the past 13 years and in government in 23 of 36 states of our dear country without commensurate results.

For the avoidance of doubt, can any reasonable person expect the PDP which rigged and bastardised internal democracy, …stop vote rigging?”

Courtesy: The Nation

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