NASS election: Oshiomhole attacks PDP for probing members
By Idowu Isamotu, Abuja
The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole on Monday knocked the Peoples Democratic Party over its move to investigate its members for voting newly elected principal officers of National Assembly who members of his party.
Oshiomhole, who described the move by PDP as gross violation of basic principle of democracy and secret ballot system, stated this in Abuja during a Thank-You visit by the Delegation of Kano State Government led by deputy Governor of the state, Nasiru Gawuna, to the National Working Committee of the party.
The delegation had during the visit presented a member representing Tudunwada/Doguwa, Alhassan Ado Doguwa, as their consensus candidate for the position of the majority leader of the House of Representatives who was later confirmed by the party.
While commenting on the National Assembly election that brought in Ahmed Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila as leaders of both chambers, the APC chief wondered why the party which opposed open ballot system of voting suddenly woke to investigate its members that voted against PDP candidates in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.
“The PDP that was calling for secret ballot because they didn’t want people to know how they voted are now the ones conducting enquiries to find out who voted for who. That is a complete violation of the essence of secret ballot.
“The idea of secret is that nobody should know who voted for who. Now PDP is going down in history as a party that seeks to investigate how people voted in a secret ballot and that is a gross violation of the most basic principle of democracy. That is why we are better and different and I am very proud of all of you,” he said.