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Electoral Bill: Buhari has denied Nigerians right to free and fair 2019 elections – Secondus

Prince Uche Secondus, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has faulted President Muhammadu Buhari on his declining to sign the Electoral (Amended) Bill into law saying the president has denied Nigerians the right to free and fair 2019 elections.

President Buhari had declined assent to the amendment Bill transmitted to him by the National Assembly giving reason to some drafting issues.

While reacting to Buhari’s refusal to sign the Electoral (Amended) Bill into law, Secondus said the President has denied Nigerians the right to free and fair 2019 elections.

He added that it was unfortunate that the President, who just gave an assurance that he was committed to free, fair and credible elections, would refuse to sign a law aimed at strengthening the nation’s democracy.

Secondus asked Nigerians and the international community to hold President Buhari responsible if “the next general elections failed.”

He said, “We have said it on many occasions. This President is not a democrat. He is a pretender. He never believed in democracy. He is a dictator to the core.

“Here is a man who just told the world that he was not afraid of credible elections. Yet, he is busy working openly and secretly against the interest of the nation.

“His renewed rejection of the bill is an indication that he is either myopic about the tenets of democracy or against the workings of the National Assembly.”

Secondus, therefore, appealed to the National Assembly to either veto the President or “make sure in whatever way, that the law is passed.”

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