APC Vows To Punish PDP …Calls For Total Reform Of INEC
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole, has said his party would wait till February 23, to punish the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for accusing the APC of instigating the postponement of the general elections.
Recall that the PDP had alerted Nigerians that contrary to simulated stance by the Buhari Presidency and National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, it possessed facts which confirmed that elements of the Federal Government and the APC sabotaged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in a well-orchestrated plot to engineer a staggered presidential election.
But speaking at a press conference in Abuja, Oshiomhole’s media aide, Simon Egbebulem, said the allegation was height of irresponsibility and desperation on the part of the PDP.
He said: ‘’The entire world was at the venue where the National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole expressed his disappointment very sincerely before the chairman of the INEC over the postponement of the election. President Muhammadu Buhari did the same.
‘’But we will not dissipate energy in responding to the PDP allegation because we await them at the polls.
“We all were in this country when under the PDP government the then President ordered the Chairman of the INEC to postpone the election.
Meanwhile, following the postponement of Saturday’s elections in Nigeria, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the United Kingdom has called for a review of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, operational model with a view to reforming it.
Chairman of the APC in the United Kingdom, Dr Philip Idaewor, said the postponement indicated a systemic exhaustion within INEC and necessitated review of its operational model and enabling laws.
He said, “This is with a view to radically reforming it and making it fit for purpose. This is because well organised free, fair and credible elections are important to the enthronement and sustenance of democracy. The announcement by INEC to postpone the 2019 General Elections has come as a huge shock to us, especially given the timing of the announcement, when political parties had already deployed huge resources to the field for the elections.
Idaewo said, “we have carefully listened to all the explanations given by INEC as well as the reactions of our party’s leadership, our presidential campaign council, President Muhammadu Buhari and international observers. We align ourselves with the position of our party leadership, our presidential campaign council and Mr President.
According to him, “We are saddened that INEC leadership did not deem it necessary to brief Nigerians on a regular basis when it realised the difficulties it listed as reasons for this postponement. We note that the decision by INEC falls well below the expectations for a seamless performance, given that INEC has conducted similar elections since 1999 when this fourth republic started, with opportunities for extensive field experiences and organisational discipline that would have ensured operational options even in unforeseen circumstances.
“Moreover, INEC leadership presented the needed budget for this elections, with evidence showing that all of INEC’s requests were fully met to ensure successful implementation of this election cycle,” he said.
According to Ideawor, INEC should tell Nigerians why elections could not hold in states which did not have the logistics problems it listed.
“Why postpone the elections in the entire country? What happens now to those ballot papers and other election materials already distributed to local government areas around the country? What is the cost of this postponement to our national purse? Where will the money for another deployment come from? Who takes responsibility for this, and what is the consequence?” he asked.