NATIONAL leadership
of the opposition Peoples
Democratic Party, PDP,
yesterday in Abuja said
Nigerians are apprehensive
over the capacity of the
Independent National
Electoral Commission’s,
INEC, ability to conduct free
and fair elections in 2019.
The PDP chairman, Prince
Uche Secondus, stated this
when the United Nations
assessment team led by Mr.
Serge G Kubwimana, paid a
visit to the party in Abuja.
The UN team is assaigned
to provide technical
assistance to INEC ahead of
the 2019 general elections.
Secondus, while raising
concerns about the political
climate, said the APC-led
government owes Nigeria
free and fair election in 2019,
stressing that that is the only guarantee for the unity of
this nation.
Noting that the 2019
election will make and mar
the nation, he said: “This
visit is timely because of
the unfolding event in our
country and the political
situation, I believe this is the
time for intervention.
“We have fear since APC
came on board, if election is
not in their favour there is a
rerun. There must be election
that is free and fair and
when there is no free and fair
election it breed crisis and
we are witnessing what is
happening in Kenya.
“What is happening in the
West should happen here.
There is a great fear whether
INEC will conduct free
and fair election. Free and
fair election will guarantee
the unity of this country
and we are afraid if INEC
will conduct free and fair
election.
“Take this to New York
for all the necessary action
required. Election is coming
in 2019, the election that will
make and Mar the nation.
What this government owns
this nation is to conduct free
and fair election.
The National Assembly
and the judiciary, they
are important arms of the
government, the judiciary is
not obeyed.”
Secondus pointed out
that in the history of this
nation, it was only PDP that
lost election and did not
challenge it in court.
“During our time, we lost
without going to court and
that is the first time in the
history of this country,” he
said.
Leader of the UN team,
Mr. Serge G Kubwimana,
said that they were meeting
with political parties to form
assessment on how to
support them.
He stated that they will
meet with all stakeholders
in the electoral process
while assessing the
political and security
environment, and legal
frameworks in order to
situate the capacity needs
of the electoral body.
“Assessment can’t be
done without interacting
with the stakeholders,
judiciary National
Assembly, civil society.
At the end of the
mission we will set up
recommendations on
technical issues which
will help to improve the
overall environment for
the elections.”
He noted that since
election is a sovereign issue,
their recommendations
will not be in contact with
the countries.

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