2019: PDP berates Buhari for withholding assent on re-ordering of elections

2019:  PDP berates Buhari for withholding assent on re-ordering of elections

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said that it is eagerly awaiting the decision of the National Assembly over the refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to approve the re-ordering of the sequence of the general election in 2019.

The opposition party made the statement on Tuesday

It also criticised the president for withholding his assent.

In the amendment, the National Assembly reversed the sequence of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission which places the presidential election first.

But in its re-ordering, the legislature has put the presidential election last and that of the National Assembly first.

Refusing to approve the amendment, Buhari said the action of the legislature was a violation of the right of INEC.

It remains for the National Assembly to override the action of the president if it would insist on maintaining the sequence of the elections as amended in the Electoral Act.

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In the statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP said it was awaiting the decision of the National Assembly on the matter.

The party said it believed in democracy and subscribed to all its tenets including the respect for the powers of the National Assembly to make laws and to amend such laws as occasion demands.

“In the light of this development, the PDP, and indeed all well-meaning Nigerians, now eagerly await the final decision of the National Assembly on this amendment,” the party said.

It boasted that it was not afraid of the 2019 general elections because “we know that Nigerians have already rejected President Buhari and his dysfunctional All Progressives Congress (APC).”

It announced that with the support of Nigerians, “any candidate that emerges on our platform ahead of 2019 will clinically defeat President Buhari at the polls and lead our nation back to the path of progress, national cohesion and a vibrant economy.”

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