Electronic results transmission: PDP vows to challenge Reps’ decision

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Peoples Democratic Party on Friday vowed to challenge the rejection of the electronic transmission of results of elections by the House of Representatives.

The clause in the Electoral Act was rejected by the Federal lawmakers after a rowdy session.

PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, at a news conference in Abuja, said it was unacceptable for the legislators to have ignored the clamour of Nigerians to improve the electoral system.

Members of the party stages a walkout from the chamber after which their All Progressives Congress counterparts passed the Electoral Act as amended without the controversial clause.

He said: “The PDP will take all necessary legal steps to ensure that this All Progressives Congress, APC, scam is not allowed to stand in any way. We call on all lovers of democracy who see free, fair, and transparent elections as vital, to stand up against this fraud.

“How a representative of the people enjoying their mandate blatantly turned their back on them and toed the line of a political party’s interest that is clearly against the people.

“By the choice of the All Progressives Congress, APC to put party interest before the national interest, they have vividly murdered democracy by the actions of their members in the two chambers of the National Assembly Thursday and today. For us in PDP, today is a Black Friday for democracy.”

It’s an established fact in all democracies worldwide that a free, fair, and credible election is the tripod of any democracy. The action of APC in swaying their members against Electronic transmission of Election Results clearly undermines and shows in unmistaken terms that APC is not ready to face the Nigerian electorates.

According to Secondus, the rejection of the clause which would have guarantee electronic transmission of results shows that “the dilly-dallying of APC all the while in amending the Electoral Act is deliberate as they never wanted from inception to do anything that will deepen democracy in our country.”