The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members, United Kingdom chapter yesterday called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to provide a level playing field for all political parties contesting in the forthcoming general elections in the country.
This was contained in a press statement signed by its interim chairman, Mr Osahon Igiebor and 9 others, insisted that by providing a level playing field will prevent post election crisis.
He said the international communities should mount pressure on the Nigerian electoral body to conduct the forthcoming elections in a well and acceptable manner so that it will not allow itself to be manipulated to favour the ruling party in the country adding that the recent harassment and intimidation of the PDP presidential candidate was a clear manifestation of using the organ of state to silence the opposition in the country.
According to the statement, “The current trend of using the organs of state against the opposition parties and other critics as we have seen in the case of our presidential candidate upon his return from a holiday, is a major concern, pointing out that, the ruling party may be head bend on subverting the will of the people come 2019 using fear and intimidation tactics, therefore we are calling on the international communities to mount genuine pressure, diplomatic or otherwise on the electoral authorities to prevent any plot or attempt to rig the elections next year by the APC across all tiers of government,” he said.
Igiebor said it is pertinent for them to let the world know and to keep INEC on their toes to live up to its billings without minding whose horse is gorged as the country moves into another general election.
“The People Democratic Party members in the United Kingdom is making it a point of duty as campaign activities kicks off across Nigeria to call on every agent of state saddled with the task of conducting the 2019 general elections to be alive to their responsibilities in order to ensure a level playing field for every one irrespective of party affiliation as we are confident that our party has the support of the people and will get back the mandate to put Nigeria on the path of recovery,” he added.
He further expressed displeasure over an elleged comment credited to INEC asking Nigerians to go to court if they are not contented with the certificate of the sitting president.
“We have observed with dismay the comments of the INEC asking people to go to court if they are not satisfied with the way things are regarding the ongoing certificate saga of the sitting president,” he said.
He also used the opportunity to commiserate with the family of the former BOT chairman of the party, Chief Tony Aneni over their loss and salute the national leadership of the party.