The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, says it believes that President Muhammadu Buhari and his party, the All Progressives Congress are planning to install an “interim government” in 2023.
The opposition party stated this on Tuesday at a world press conference addressed by its spokesman, Debo Ologunagba.
The party faulted President Buhari’s delay in assenting to the Electoral Bill 22 days after the National Assembly forwarded it to him.
The party called the president’s action “anti-people” and a ploy to “railroad our democracy into an emergency tenure elongation, induced election postponement, self-succession or worst still an interim government situation.”
“As you are aware, President Buhari continues against the Will of Nigerians to withhold assent to the Electoral Act Amendment Bill re-transmitted to him since Monday, January 31, 2022 (clear 22 days ago) by the National Assembly.
“This was after the Legislature had acceded to and incorporated all his requests in the newly transmitted version of the Electoral Act Amendment Bill.
“The refusal to sign the Electoral Act Amendment Bill is nothing short of a premediated and contrived “political abortion” of the Will of the people.
“The current stance of Mr. President further validates our Party’s position that the Buhari-led APC government is averse to free, fair, transparent and credible elections in our country, particularly the 2023 general elections.
“Mr. President’s refusal to sign the Electoral Act Amendment Bill constitutes an obstruction to democratic principle of credible elections.
“Any electoral process which does not guarantee the free, fair and transparent transmission of election results from the polling units can only result in a government that lacks credibility and legitimacy, which amounts to an “unconstitutional change of government” against the Will of the people.
“The situation is being worsened by the arrogant utterances of some officials of the Buhari-led APC administration particularly the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami SAN, who is now subjecting the decision of the generality of Nigerians through the National Assembly to personal parochial and partisan whims.”