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Nigerian Governors elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have lambasted President Muhammadu Buhari accusing him of turning the Presidential Villa to the All Progressive Congress (APC) secretariat.
The PDP governors asserted that the villa which belongs to all Nigerians has been turned to the new APC headquarters, where ‘coerced PDP members’ are being paraded at intervals.
The Governors equally condemned the use of ‘underhand tactics’ to arm-twist some PDP Governors and other stakeholders to join the APC.
They alleged that the ruling party has wrecked Nigeria’s economy, turned Nigeria into a killing field, and has nothing to offer Nigerians but misery and bad governance.
The governors also condemned the attempt to foist on all political parties, one method of conducting primaries, that is, by direct method only, through the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.
The Governors noted that the method is prone to massive rigging.
The Governors advised that political parties should be allowed to decide whether to use direct or indirect method of conducting primaries as part of internal democracy in political parties.
On the Electoral Act Amendment Bill, the governors identified with the need for free, fair, and credible elections in the country and called on the National Assembly to entrench Electronic transmission of results of elections in the nation’s electoral jurisprudence.
The governors further called on the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), especially, the Universal Service Provision Fund (USPF), Nigerian Communications Satellite Ltd (NIGCOMSAT), Telephone Companies (Telcos) and all relevant stakeholders to ensure that universal access and service of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are provided especially in rural, un-served and under-served areas of the country before the 2023 General elections.
AFRICA DAILY NEWS, NEW YORK