By Babs-Oluribigbe Adeoye
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the All Progressives Congress leadership of the national assembly to learn from recent event in the America Congress, in which they spared no effort in upholding the constitutionality of their nation’s electoral system.
The main opposition party through its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan in a statement on Friday said the American example underpins the demand for public officers, “particularly the APC leadership in the National Assembly, to begin to pay greater loyalty to our country and her interest over the parochial interest of their party or the executive arm.
Mr Ologbondiyan furthers said “The patriotism displayed by American Senate Leader, Mitch McConnell, in rejecting the attempt to undermine their nation’s electoral system is a direct call on APC leaders in the National Assembly against the unpatriotic practice of putting narrow partisan interests above the national interest”.
The PDP added that the US election was a strong lesson to “corrupt and power-drunk leaders” that no matter the desperate attempt to manipulate the system, the will of the people and the Constitution would always prevail.
The party asserted that the insistence of the US judiciary and the legislature on the provisions of their nation’s Constitution has reinforced the triumph of the collective will of a people through their system.
While maintaining that both the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies were manipulated in the 2019 general elections, the party noted that the US experience has strengthened the determination by Nigerians to stand up against any manipulation ahead of the 2023 polls.
It therefore urged the Buhari Presidency to check all acts that weaken our institutions and encourage the manipulation of our security, judiciary, legislative and electoral bodies.