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#EndSARS: PDP Puts Political, Electioneering Activities On Hold Due To #LekkiMassacre

By Taiwo Adebowale

Peaceful protesters at Lekki Tollgate in Lagos, Nigeria, days before they were shot at by Nigerian troops acting under the orders of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said it has put all its political and electioneering activities on hold as a further mark of honour to Nigerian youths who were killed at the Lekki Toll Gate as well as other killings that have occurred in various parts of Nigeria over the unfortunate fall-out of the #EndSARS peaceful protest.

The PDP had earlier on Thursday night directed that its flags in all its offices nationwide be flown at half-mast in solidarity with the mood of the nation at this trying time.

According to a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, the party said it has been made aware of the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone the pending bye-elections in 6 senatorial districts and 9 state constituencies in 11 states of the country, earlier scheduled for October 31, due to the crisis situation in the country.

The PDP lamented that though such comes at high cost to candidates and political parties, we hold that it is a step in the right direction under the prevailing circumstance.

In that regard, the PDP charged INEC to continue to monitor the situation and use the period to fine-tune its preparations to conduct peaceful, free, fair and credible elections as part of the much-needed panacea for the restiveness in the country.  

Furthermore, the party urged the security agencies to also use the period to perfect their roles in electoral operations and tidy up all arrangements to guarantee the right atmosphere for peaceful and transparent polls where the safety of the voters as well as the sanctity of the ballot box are guaranteed.

The PDP also restated its call for calm and prayers for Nigeria at this critical time in her national life, even as it called on all hands to be on the deck in finding solutions and the way forward for the country.