In anticipation of the Edo State election scheduled to hold In August, the state chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has urged on President Muhammadu Buhari to sign the 2015 Electoral Act Amendment Bill into law before the Edo governorship election, scheduled for August.
The Publicity Secretary of the party in Edo, Mr Chris Nehikhare, made the call at a news conference in Benin on Thursday. He stated that based on extant amendments to the electoral law of 2015, Nigerians and Edo people in particular were in agreement that when effected, the law would ensure free and fair elections nationwide.
He said, “There is a clear and present danger to the survival of democracy in Nigeria if the electoral laws and processes are not reviewed, to suit transparent and open processes."
He noted that
“Legalising the card reader will eliminate absurd judgments where votes recorded surpass number of accredited voters and then the law will turn a blind eye to this obvious anomaly.”
Recall that the PDP had recently protested the Supreme Court's ruling which ousted former governor of Imo State, Emeka Ihedioha, thereby welcoming APC's Hope Uzodinma as new governor of the state.
To this end, Nehikhare said, “The Edo chapter of the PDP is calling on the Supreme Court to reconvene and review the ruling on the Imo State governorship election, which was ruled in favour of Hope Uzodinma, who came fourth in the figures released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)."
According to him, “The Imo State ruling is a clear misuse of judicial authority and a usurpation of the statutory duties of INEC. “Article 27 of the Declaration on Human Rights, adopted unanimously by the UN General Assembly on the Dec. 10, 1948 recognises the integral role that transparent and open elections play in ensuring fundamental rights to participatory government."
He noted that, as a result of these, Nigerians have suffered undue hardship during elections because the processes from the ballot box to the tribunal rulings are subject to manipulation and shrouded in secrecy and controverat.
“It is critical, therefore, to bring the attention of the Federal Government and governments of the U.S., UK, Germany, France, China and other members of the UN General Assembly that elections in Nigeria should be made credible, free, transparent and fair," he said.