By Gabriel Olawale
Lagos—Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, elders, in the South West, yesterday described the recently conducted 2019 general elections as a flop characterized with deliberate sabotage, treachery and outright banditry.
The elders, who expressed their displeasure at a state of the nation meeting in Lagos, said that the present electoral processes wherein result sheets are physically carried across the nation are absolutely primitive and apparently susceptible to all kinds of distortions.
The elders, which comprises of Former Deputy National Chairman (South) of the PPD, Chief Bode George; former deputy governor in Lagos State, Senator Kofoworola Bucknor-Akerele; Captain Tunji Shelle; Ebenezer Babatope; Chief Okanlawon Soboyede; Dr. Adegbola Dominic; Engr Tony Ojesina; Dare Adeleje among others.
Speaking on behalf of the caucus, Prince Uthman Shodipe-Dosunmu, explained that the apparent distortions in Yobe, Borno, Rivers, Lagos, Adamawa, Kano and several other states diminished the purity of a fledgling democratic state.
“All people of goodwill across our land should speak out with holy courage and boldly about the perceived wrongs and the glaring imbalances in our polity. The Nigerian union deserves peace, harmony, equity and a strengthened bond of brotherhood that will galvanize our nation to greater development and prosperity.
“Surely, we do not pray for the collapse of our democracy. But we urge for vigilance and constant monitoring of the affairs of the state. We submit that the Nigerian union has crossed a crucial threshold in the continuous struggle for a summative identity and national wholeness.
“We insist that the recent general elections were fraught with screaming flaws, deliberate sabotage, treachery and outright banditry. It is our resolve that the present electoral processes wherein result sheets are physically carried across the nation are absolutely primitive and apparently susceptible to all kinds of distortions.”
The elders also expressed support for PDP Presidential candiadate, Atiku Abubaker to seek justice in Court.
“We support wholeheartedly the decision of our party Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar to seek justice in the court of law rather than withdrawing into a shell of cowardice.”