The National Chairman of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) the leading opposition political party in Nigeria, Mr. Uche Secondus, has charged the National Assembly to fast track the passage of a new electoral law ahead of the 2023 general elections in order to restore confidence in Nigeria’s electoral system.
“The National Assembly should hasten the passage of the electoral laws. They should pass it quickly and the President should sign it into law. The passage of the new electoral law must include the clause for the electronic transmission of results.
“The electoral law will check electoral corruption; ensure the electronic transmission of results. This was done during the Edo governorship election. It was beautiful. The President must sign it. That is the only way to make the election to be free and fair.” Secondus said.
Over fifty civil society groups stormed the National Assembly to call for the passage of new electoral laws.
The groups expressed concern over the delay in the passage of a new electoral law despite the promises by the National Assembly leadership that it would be passed in the first quarter of 2021.
Meanwhile, Secondus has warned Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State and security operatives to kill any move to witch hunt politicians over the rising tension in the state.
He suggested that holistic approach should be used in seeking lasting solution to the situation in order to get to the root of the matter.
Secondus expressed worry that the forceful release of over 1000 inmates at a Correctional Center and the burning of Police Headquarters were not enough to deter the government from aggravating the situation.