PEOPLES Democratic Party (PDP) said on Sunday in Lagos that it totally rejected proposed plan by President Muhammadu Buhari to extend the tenure of Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Alhaji Abubakar Idris, by another six months as doing so would be an opportunity for the president to perpetrate his rigging plan for 2019.
National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, made this objection while speaking with newsmen, saying that the party was right now aware that the IG had surrounded all the state commissioners of police with his own men who would be following them to any strategic meeting and spying for him, appealing to him to insulate the police from politics.
Ologbondiyan spoke in the company of spokesperson, Presidential Campaign Council of PDP, Umar Sani, saying that even from President Buhari’s body language, it was quite clear that he was not ready to give Nigeria free and fair elections, come 2019.
“We reject in totality the extension of tenure of the Inspector-General for another six months. We are aware that doing so the president wants to perpetrate his rigging plan for 2019 election.
“Our party is also aware that the IG has surrounded the commissioners of police with his own men who would be following them to a strategic meeting, any meetings and be spying for him. We want to appeal to the Inspector- General of Police to insulate the police from politics,” the PDP spokesperson said.
According to Ologbondiyan, President Buhari is totally against free and fair elections in the country as his refusal to sign the amended Electoral Act had shown, even as he said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) which promised not to use Incident Form, which allowed for rigging in past polls, was coming out with a format not quite different from one it was trying to discard.
He said the PDP demanded that the commission, come 2019 elections, must allow international and local election observers, including the EU, among others, access to its situation rooms across the country to guarantee free, fair and credible poll.
“So the position of PDP is that INEC has a situation room. INEC must allow EU and all other international, as well as local observers, have access to the situation rooms to guarantee free and fair elections,” the party spokesperson said, noting that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) was able to rig the recently concluded Osun governorship poll due to its (commission) refusal to allow election observers to the situation room.
He, however, assured that the PDP was poised to burst all the rigging plans by the APC in the coming polls, saying that despite all barriers put in place, the party was able to let the world know it won the last Osun poll, which was thereafter manipulated.
Ologbondiyan appealed to Nigerians not to allow themselves to be scared by the instruments of government, saying they should all come out on election days, exercise their right and also ensure that they protected their votes from being stolen.
Speaking, spokesperson of Presidential Campaign Council of PDP, Sani, said former Vice- President Atiku Abubakar, the party’s flagbearer in the 2019 presidential polls remained the best choice for the country in terms of possessing the capacity to lead Nigeria out of her current problems.
According to Sani, who said Atiku was not a neophyte but an entrepreneur and a wealth creator, the choice also before Nigerians is whether they want to continue with inefficiency, cluelessness, and a government that is not run by the person they actually elected into office in 2015.
He said the choice was equally about whether Nigerians wanted restructuring, a Nigeria of their dream or whether they wanted jobs to be created or job loss and whether they wanted to continue with the propaganda and lies always being dished out to them by the ruling APC.
“Now the choice is whether we want to continue with inefficiency, cluelessnes, and a government that is not run by the same person we have elected into office or shall we now make a change.
“Do we want restructuring, do we want Nigeria of our dream, do we want jobs to be created, or job to be lost, do we want to continue with propaganda and lies that the APC has been known for? he queried, declaring that the PDP presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku remained the right candidate to be put in charge of the country, come 2019.