PDP threaten to boycott 2019 polls

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The leadership of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said it is considering pulling out of the 2019 general elections on alleged grounds that electoral umpire and security agencies are poised to rig it in favour of the ruling All Progressive Congress.

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National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, stated this at the party’s national secretariat, on Thursday when he received in audience a combined delegation of the International Republican Institute, IRI, and National Democratic Institute, NDI.

Secondus, who lamented alleged manipulation of vote figures by Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in the Ekiti governorship election in favour of APC, also accused the Police of chasing away PDP agents from various polling centres, particularly areas known to be its strongholds.

He said: “We are still contemplating on whether we will participate in the 2019 elections or not. We are yet to take a decision on this. We believe that if we are not sure that both INEC and security agencies will be transparent and that they will not take side, we will take a decision.

“We are consulting as to whether we shall participate or not; because you are participating against security agencies and INEC who have colluded to alter figures. So, we are in a dilemma. We are not sure that the security agencies and INEC would be impartial and transparent. In the Ekiti elections, there were instances where our party agents’ tags were removed and given to the APC agents.

“There were clear cases of manipulation, ballot snatching and harassment of our party agents.”

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