The Independent National Electoral Commission, or INEC, has been charged by the Peoples Democratic Party, or PDP, with violating Nigeria’s democracy and dishonoring the memory of the late MKO Abiola.
Debo Ologunagba, the PDP’s national publicity secretary, asked Nigerians to emphasize the need for the country to firmly establish democratic principles on June 12 by observing Democracy Day.
According to the party, it was disgusting, disrespectful, and intolerable for the country to celebrate Democracy Day in a system that openly rigged the general elections in 2023, violating every principle of democracy.
Ologunagba made the assertion in a statement titled: “June 12: @inecnigeria, @OfficialAPCNg Raped Democracy, Dishonored Abiola’s Memory – @OfficialPDPNig.”
The statement reads: “The barefaced manipulations of the 2023 general elections by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), amounts to an unpardonable assault and rape of democracy and disregard for the will of the people; the very ills which Chief MKO Abiola fought and died for.
“June 12 epitomizes the struggle by Nigerians against corrupt, manipulative and anti-democratic system; against injustice, impunity and electoral fraud which INEC, under Prof. Mahmood Yakubu now represents.
“It is indeed heartrending that all the steady progress and gains made by successive PDP administrations in reforming our electoral system have been completely wiped off by INEC in the conduct of the 2023 general elections.
“Our Party, however, urges Nigerians not to despair but remain optimistic and law-abiding in their hope for a better nation which they earnestly yearn for.”