The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari and his party, the All Progressives Party (APC) have taken decision to seize all the states that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared their governorship elections inconclusive.
The PDP in a press release signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan said the decision was reached when the ruling party held meeting with some governors and the President.
Six states’ governorship elections held on March 9, 2019 namely; Benue, Plateau, Adamawa, Baluchi, Sokoto and Kano were declared inconclusive by INEC.
But the PDP has accused INEC of playing double standard against the PDP, saying INEC only declared PDP’s strongholds inconclusive.
The full statement read
The NWC of the PDP rose from an emergency meeting on Thur., March 14, 2019, where it examined the various states where elections were declared inconclusive, whereas the PDP was in the lead, and demands that results should be released and returns made by INEC immediately.
The PDP condemns the manner in which the INEC Prof. Yakubu, declared states where PDP had popular support and defeated the APC as inconclusive, whereas in a state like Ogun, where APC failed to achieve a higher margin of lead over cancelled votes, was declared the winner.
The PDP found it strange that INEC can have two sets of rules in the same election for the various political parties.
More worrisome is the resolution which arose from a meeting between some governors of APC and President Muhammadu Buhari, where the PDP has been informed that a decision was taken to seize Adamawa, Bauchi, Benue, Plateau, Sokoto and Kano states in the March 23, scheduled supplementary election.
It is instructive to state that the Buhari Presidency has not denied this strong allegation of rigging plans, thus strengthening the reality that the APC is always prepared to benefit from electoral fraud.
PDP wishes to state that after our deliberation with stakeholders from the states where governorship supplementary elections have been scheduled to hold, the PDP mandates all our members to resist any attempt by anybody to tamper with the will of the people in their states
In Sokoto state, a stronghold of our party and where the PDP is already in a clear lead, our victory at the March 23 supplementary election is guaranteed.
In Benue, the people have expressed their readiness to go into the supplementary election and they are prepared to vote for the PDP candidate, Governor Samuel Ortom.
They are also aware that by PDP current leading margin of over 81,000 votes, it is manifestly clear that there is no way APC, with all its manipulations, militarization, arm-twisting, intimidation and harassment, will defeat the PDP in Benue.
In Adamawa, the PDP observed the mischievous calculation of the APC in sponsoring someone, who did not participate in the election, to go to court and claim that the logo of his party was omitted in the ballot.
In Bauchi state, it is known to all, including the APC and its governorship candidate, that Tafawa Balewa LGA has always been a home to the PDP since 1999. We therefore counsel the APC rigging machine to avert engaging the people of that constituency, as it will be of no avail.
In Kano state, the APC will be confronting the strong will of the people to do away with a corrupt & incompetent government, which Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has come to represent.
Already, the people of Kano state are standing shoulder to shoulder with the PDP in their pursuit of bringing a government that will be representative and purposeful.
The atmosphere of Kano state is ominous and any responsible government will take note and align in the interest of the people.
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