UCHE SECONDUS: The political terrain is getting tougher as the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP threatened to pull out of the 2019 general elections if the electoral umpire and security agencies fail to demonstrate sufficient level of impartiality expected from them by Nigerians.
National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus stated this at the partyâ€™s national secretariat on Thursday while playing host to a combined delegation of the International Republican Institute (IRI) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI).
Mr Secondus who lamented what he called the manipulation of vote figures by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the recently concluded Ekiti governorship election in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC), also accused the Nigerian Police of chasing away PDP agents from various polling centres particularly areas known to be its strongholds.
â€œWe are still contemplating on whether we will participate in the 2019 elections or not. We are yet to take a decision on this.
â€œWe are not sure that the security agencies and INEC would be impartial and transparent. In the Ekiti elections, there were instances our party agentsâ€™ tags were removed and given to the APC agents.
â€œThere were clear cases of manipulation, ballot snatching and harassment of our party agents,â€ Mr Secondus said.
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