Tuesday, March 5, 2019
PDP To Petition UN Over February 23rd Elections
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has vowed to petition the United Nations (UN) and other global democratic institutions over the role the military played during the last presidential and legislative polls which it said led to killings in some parts of the country.
The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, made this known at the end of an expanded caucus meeting held at the party’s secretariat in Abuja.
He said the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, won the election but had his mandate “stolen.”
He also said the caucus resolved to support Mr Abubakar and the PDP in their resolve to contest the declaration of President Muhammadu Buhari of the APC as the winner of the election at the tribunal.
“Caucus commended Nigerians for refusing the harassment, intimidation and militarization of the electoral process and participating in the elections but noted that the mandate that was freely given to our candidate was stolen and as such the party and the candidate jointly resolved to go to the tribunal and to see it through to the end of what is permissible within our legal system to get back our mandate on behalf of Nigerians.
“Caucus further noted the role of the military in the February 23 elections and resolved that we will report the action of the military through a petition to the United Nations as well as other global democratic institutions on the role of our military in the February 23 elections.”
The party’s presidential candidate had rejected the result of the poll as declared by the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC).
INEC had declared President Buhari as the winner of the election and returned him as duly elected.