PDP lawmakers back southern governors, reject ‘manipulative movements’ of electoral bill
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the National Assembly supported the governors of the southern states on their position on the bill to amend the electoral law.
After a meeting on Monday, the governors rejected a movement by the leadership of the National Assembly to remove the articles which provide for the electronic transmission of the election results of the bill amending the electoral law.
TheCable had reported that lawmakers should pass the bill without the possibility of electronic transmission of results despite calls for such reform of the electoral process in Nigeria.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Enyinnaya Abaribe, Senate Minority Leader and Caucus Leader, said PDP lawmakers were taking steps to ensure that the provision ensuring the electronic transmission of results is not tampered with “in any form. whether it be “.
“The PDP Joint National Assembly unanimously supports the Southern Governors Forum (SGF) resolution in vehemently rejecting the clandestine measures aimed at manipulating and modifying the electoral act to suppress the results of the electronic transmission of the law, ”Abaribe said.
“Such a stealthy attempt to tamper with an essential element of the transparency and credibility of the electoral process is an unpatriotic and malicious attempt to subvert our democratic process, to institutionalize rigging, to smear and thwart sincere efforts to credible elections in our country.
“Electronic transmission of results is the only way to eliminate the malpractice and manipulation associated with the manual compilation of results, including the alteration, switching and disappearance of election materials in transit to various snack centers. “
The minority leader said PDP lawmakers still advocate for the state police.
“The PDP Joint Caucus reaffirms our unwavering support for the establishment of a state police force as well as other measures adopted by Governors to ensure the safety of lives and property in the respective states, including those that limit unauthorized movement and occupation of forest areas, ”he said. mentionned.
“We also affirm the demands of state governors, that as heads of state security, they must be duly informed before a security institution undertakes an operation in their states.
“The PDP Joint Caucus is also fully supporting our Governors’ request that deductions from the Federation’s account for the Nigeria Police Security Trust Fund should be split between states and the federal government to combat security concerns. “