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April 5, 2019

Militarisation of elections illegal — Senator Jibrin

: from the left, Deputy National Chairman South, Elder Yemi Akinwunmi; National Chariman People’s Democratic Party, Prince Uche Sekondus; the Chairman National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Mekarfi; the Chairman Board of Trustees, Senator Walid Jibrin; Secretary Caretaker Committee, Senator Ben Obi and others looked on during a hand over ceremony to the newly elected members of the PDP National Executive Committee Members at the Party Headquarters, Wadata House, Wuse, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida

…says Buhari govt eroding gains of democracy

By Dirisu Yakubu

The Board of Trustees, BoT, of Peoples Democratic Party,  PDP,  has condemned what it called the involvement of the nation’s military in the conduct of the recently concluded elections, describing same as illegal.

: from the left, Deputy National Chairman South, Elder Yemi Akinwunmi; National Chariman People’s Democratic Party, Prince Uche Sekondus; the Chairman National Caretaker Committee, Senator Ahmed Mekarfi; the Chairman Board of Trustees, Senator Walid Jibrin; Secretary Caretaker Committee, Senator Ben Obi and others looked on during a hand over ceremony to the newly elected members of the PDP National Executive Committee Members at the Party Headquarters, Wadata House, Wuse, Abuja. Photo by Abayomi Adeshida

The board stated this yesterday, at its 65th meeting which held at the party’s national secretariat, Wadata Plaza, Abuja.

In a communiqué issued at the end of the meeting signed by the chairman of the BoT, Walid Jibrin also pledged support for PDP candidates contesting the outcome of the elections at the tribunal even as it berated the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government for eroding the gains of democracy recorded under the PDP.

He said, “The BoT hereby wishes to congratulate our great party and all our candidates who participated in the 2019 elections, for bracing the odds and strengthening democratic rules and culture despite the unprecedented level of militarization , which runs clearly against the letters and spirit of the judgment of the supreme court that says the military has no business in the conduct of elections.

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“The BOT also wishes to assure Nigerians and all members of our great party, especially those whose mandate was openly stolen, that the BoT stands by them at all times in the quest to reclaim the mandate freely given to them by the good people of Nigeria.

“The BoT notes with dismay, the systematic erosion of the gains made under the PDP administration in enhancing the credibility of the electoral process over the years, and frowns at the way all those gains are being distorted and eroded by the present administration.

“The BoT calls on all Nigerians, especially our teeming PDP supporters to stay calm and be law-abiding, as we believe justice will take its proper place despite the traumatization of the judicial arm of government by the present administration.”