The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, has accused “power grabbers” of forcing President Muhammadu Buhari to continue in office for another term.
The reason, he said, was for their selfish interests.
He said it was obvious that the president was tired and could not stand the rigour of running the country any longer.
Secondus who spoke at the inauguration of members of the presidential election committees at the PDP campaign office, Abuja, also accused the All Progressives Congress, APC, government of gross incompetence.
His words: “There is no way this President can cope given what we are witnessing and added to the incompetence in leadership Nigerians have been seeing in the last three years. For selfish reasons, these power grabbers are putting undue pressure on the President even as it’s evident that he can no longer cope.”
Secondus also reiterated the fear of his party over the ability of the Independent National Electoral Commission to conduct a free and fair election in 2019.
According to him, that was because “the INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, lacks the will and courage to ignore the pressure from the APC to conduct free and transparent elections.”
Secondus, however, warned that Yakubu should know that he would be held responsible if the coming election was rigged.
He said it was in the bid to prevent the rigging of the coming election that the PDP had called for the resignation of Amina Zakari.
The INEC commissioner, the party had alleged, was related to President Buhari and could rig in his favour.
The claim has since been denied.
“We called for her resignation from the commission but instead they appointed her as the chief collation officer, we must continue to oppose her because we have evidence of what she did in Ekiti and Osun states,” the PDP national chairman said.