The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Parry (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, has said that the manner the All Progressive Congress (APC) got its members to vote against the electronic transmission of election results shows that the ruling party is not ready to face elections.
He said at a press briefing in Abuja on Friday that by its action, the APC has murdered democracy in the country.
Secondus said the PDP wanted to join its voice and anger with that of Nigerians and all lovers of democracy in condemning what happened in the National Assembly on Thursday and Friday.
The party boss said: “How a representative of the people enjoying their mandate blatantly turned their back on them and toed the line of a political party interest that is clearly against the people.
By the choice of the All Progressives Congress, APC to put party interest before National interest, they have vividly murdered democracy by the actions of their members in the two chambers of the National Assembly yesterday and today. For us in PDP, today is a Black Friday for democracy.
“It’s an established fact in all democracies world wide that a free, fair and credible election is the tripod of any democracy. The action of APC in swaying their members against Electronic transmission of Election Results clearly undermines and shows in unmistaken terms that APC is not ready to face the Nigerian electorates.
“It also shows that the dilly-dallying of APC all the while in amending the Electoral Act is deliberate as they never wanted from inception to do anything that will deepen democracy in our country.
“This is notwithstanding that the party is a huge beneficiary of Electoral Reform carried out by the PDP administration.
“We therefore unequivocally condemn and reject the amendment of Electoral Act as passed by the National Assembly and urge President Muhammadu Buhari to fulfil his anti-corruption crusade and see this as corruption and the big scam.
“The PDP will take all necessary legal steps to ensure that this APC scam is not allowed to stand in any way.
“We therefore call on all lovers of democracy who see free, fair and transparent election as vital, to stand up against this fraud.”
The PDP chairman however commended members of the PDP in the two chambers “for standing up for democracy when it mattered. History will be favourable to them.”
He also urged the media as vanguard in the democratic struggle “to take up their arms against this anti-democratic action.”