Accuses APC, INEC of planning to rig 2019 polls
By Lateef Ibrahim
The National Charman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, has described some chieftains of the party who recently decamped from the party to the Social Democratic Party, SDP, as retired politicians who have outlived their usefulness.
Secondus pointedly said that the PDP is not bothered an inch over the exit of the said politicians, stressing that they will, sooner than later, return to the party.
ProfJerry Gana, Prof Tunde Adeniran and Barrister Ahmed Gulak, among others, had recently defected from the PDP to the SDP.
Secondus said these yesterday during a meeting with PDP Youth Leaders from the 36 States of the Federation and the FCT at the party’s headquarters in Abuja.
The PDP National Chairman said, “Then there are those that have retired. I don’t want to mention any name. They are retiring from active service. Because where they are going is retirement.
“This new PDP is practicing internal democracy. Let them go and be retired because they have outlived their usefulness.
“They are running around from pillar to post. We will not bother them. They are our fathers. When the time comes, they will come back and the youths will provide food for them.”
Secondus equally alleged that governing All Progressives Congress (APC) has constituted eight governors to gag the National Assembly not to veto President Muhammadu Buhari’s refusal to assent to the amended Electoral Act by the National Assembly.
He however said that Nigerians will resist any attempt by the APC to rig the 2019 general elections “because the party has failed woefully.”.
In the words of the PDP National Chairman, ”This is not the first time the National Assembly amended the electoral law. They have done so severally. Why is this case different?.
According to him, the eight APC governors were moving from door to door of members of National Assembly to cage them not to amend the Electoral Act.
According to him, ”They were elected from their various constituencies across this country to make laws for the benefit of the common man and not for the cabal.
“I urge the APC to allow the National Assembly to make its laws because they were elected to make laws. We are not operating a military dictatorship.
“Those who are moving from door to door, our governors, ministers ,spending the people’s money; are they God?,” he further asked.
The National Chairman described the APC government as a threat to Nigeria’s unity, and urged Nigerian youths irrespective of political party, to rise and defend the nation.
He said “APC has visited on this nation insecurity and divisions. I have never seen a country so divided like this. I never knew any government in this country that practiced nepotism like the APC government.
“We have seen this country so divided by tribalism and nepotism and a collapsed economy as we have today. This government of APC has failed woefully,” he said.
He explained that why there seem to be confusion in government was because “we have several presidents.
According to him, “They are blaming the IGP and the IGP is blaming them. One arm of the security is blaming the other.
“That is why the security chiefs can disobey because they don’t know which one to obey.”
The PDP National Youth Leader, Sunday Ude-Okoye promised that the youth would deliver 13 million votes to the party in 2019.