OrderPaperToday – The Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) Caucus in the National Assembly has vowed to resist move to manipulate and alter the report of the electoral bill especially as it relates to speculated removal of the proposed electronic transmission results.
In a press briefing on Wednesday, at National Assembly complex, the PDP Caucus said that after due consideration and extensive deliberations on political and security situation in the country, its members have decided to align themselves with the position of the Southern Governors Forum.
Chairman of the PDP caucus, Senator Eyinnanya Abaribe (PDP, Abia), who is the Senate Minority Leader, said that such furtive venture to tamper with a critical component of transparency and credibility of the electoral bill is an “unpatriotic and mischievous attempt to subvert our democratic process, institutionalize rigging, bastardize and frustrate genuine efforts towards credible elections in our country.
“Electronic transmission of results is the only way to eliminate malpractice and manipulations associated with manual collation of results, including alteration, switching and disappearance of election materials while on transit to various collation centers.
“The joint PDP caucus is already taking very strong and uncompromising steps to ensure that the provision guaranteeing the electronic transmission of result is not tampered with in any form whatsoever.”
On security, the PDP caucus reaffirmed support for the establishment of state police as well as other measure adopted by the southern governors to ensure the security of lives and property in the respective states, including those curtailing unauthorizes movements and occupation of forest areas.
“We also affirm the demands by State Governors, that as Chief Security Officers in the states, they must be duly informed before any security institution undertakes any operation in their states”, he said.
The caucus also lent full support to the demand “by our governors that deductions from the Federation Account for the Nigeria Police Security Trust Fund should be distributed among the states and Federal Government to combat security challenges.”