National Publicity Secretary of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh yesterday accused President Muhammadu Buhari of appointing his “daughter” as Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC Acting Chairman.
Metuh said that under this condition, it is difficult for PDP to accept the outcome of any election conducted under INEC Acting Chairman, Mrs. Amina Zakari”.
Chief Metuh stated this during separate courtesy visits to the country offices of the National Democratic Institute, NDI and International Republican Institute, IRI, in Abuja.
He said that the, “APC influenced and appointed ‘daughter’ of the President as chairperson of INEC. There is nowhere in the world where the electoral body is headed by someone with close affinity to the president.”
He emphasised that, “because of the nexus between Hajia Amina Zakari and President Buhari,” she cannot be INEC chairman.
The party spokesman also informed the Country Directors that PDP has uncovered plots by the APC and the presidency to use the new Director General of the Department of State Security, DSS, to interfere with the election tribunals.
“We are crying to the IRI, the United States and the international community that democracy is already under threat in Nigeria. We do not want the erosion of democratic institutions as witnessed in the past.
“We believe you will join us to impress it upon our President to respect tenets of democracy.”
Besides, ahead of the state visit of President Muhammadu Buhari to the United States of America, the party also urged the American government to caution the Nigerian leader over actions that may truncate democracy in the country.
Metuh complained to the Country Directors of the two institutes that barely two months into the administration of President Buhari, federal government is already taking actions that are antidemocracy and authoritarian.
He cited the case of the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, whom he said is being witch hunted, harassed and intimidated all to a get him out of power by all means” by security agencies at the behest of the presidency after he was duly elected by other senators. “This will not augur well for our democracy,” he warned.
In his response, the Resident Country Director of IRI, Sentell Barnas, said the message from the PDP would be conveyed to the relevant authorities in the United States as they are very much interested in the future of Nigeria.