The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus, during his speech at the opening session of the caucus meeting of the party in Abuja, raised the alarm that there might be no election in 2023.
According to Punch, he said that if the military continued to participate during elections as they were allegedly used during the February 23 elections, there may not be an election in 2023. He described the alleged involvement of the military as unconstitutional and undemocratic.
He urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to ensure that Saturday’s elections were free, fair, transparent and credible. He said,
On February 23, 2019, how will history judge you (Buhari)? How will the next generation judge you? In fact, there may not be election in 2023, it may just be announcement because if you have the military on your side, you do not need the people, you do not need to campaign.
All you need to do is to put the figure on election day and announce. Is that what is going to happen again on March 9?
We appeal to the authorities especially our professional military men and women that this has never happened before. They must have a rethink. If they want to participate in politics, they are free to do so. I think it happened in Thailand where the military and civilians can contest and share offices.
If our constitution is changed to contain that, it is a happy development but whereas the constitution says they are not part and parcel of the process, is that what is going to happen on March 9?
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