PDP accuses Senate of staging “coup against democracy”
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, says the confirmation of Prof. Rhoda Gumus, as a National Commissioner (South South) of the Independent National Electoral Commission is a “coup against democracy”.
The opposition party stated this in a statement issued by Debo Ologunagba, its national publicity secretary.
The PDP said the decision of the APC-led Senate leadership is “an open invitation to serious political crisis that can derail our hard-earned democracy and lead to breakdown of law and order if not immediately reversed”.
“The action of the APC-led Senate is highly provocative and incendiary’, said the party.
It added that the confirmation violates Paragraph 14 (2)(a) of the 3rd Schedule to the Constitution, which provides that “a member of the Commission shall be non-partisan and a person of unquestionable integrity”.
“This action is designed to corrupt and compromise the electoral Commission and pave way for the APC to rig the 2023 general elections.
“Nigerians can recall how President Buhari had earlier sought to impose his aide and card-carrying member of the APC, Lauretta Onochie as INEC Commissioner but was stiffly resisted by Nigerians,” said the statement.