National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, said it would be difficult for the party to participate in future elections in the country without electoral reforms.
The party chairman said it has not been easy for the PDP operating under a ruling party whose understanding of democracy is “impunity, intimidation and coercion”.
Secondus stated this while receiving a team of Election, Party Monitoring Department of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, at the PDP Abuja secretariat on Monday.
The 2019 elections, he said, demonstrated the height of electoral impunity that set the nation’s electoral development progressively backwards, adding that the elections eroded the credibility of the electoral process and the integrity of the electoral umpire as the military hijacked the process in different parts of the country.
“We stand vindicated in the eyes of many electoral watchers as all our fears and apprehensions ahead of the elections came to fruition in the general election of February and March this year and the preceding governorship elections in Ekiti and Osun States and that of November 16 gubernatorial election in Bayelsa and Kogi States”. .
The party chairman called on INEC to immediately initiate moves for the amendment of the Electoral Act, with a view to legalising electronic voting and removing the influence of the military as primary security during elections.
He accused the electoral body of conniving with the All Progressives Congress, APC, to compromise the electoral process in the 2019 presidential election and governorship elections in Ekiti, Osun, Kano, Kogi and Bayelsa States.
Responding, the leader of the INEC team, Mr. Musa Husunu, said the team would take the PDP chairman’s message to the leadership of the electoral body.