BY CHIBUZO UKAIBE, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday accused the presidency and All Progressives Congress (APC) of plotting to rig the forthcoming Mashi/Dutsi federal constituency by-election in Katsina State.
The party while stating it’s preparedness for the election said the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is under pressure to rig the polls in favour of the APC.
This comes as PDP congratulated Taraba State governor Darius Ishaku and the people of the state over the victory of the PDP in last Saturday’s Taraba State Assembly by-election.
PDP national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement said the party’s victory in the Taraba election is as a result of the outstanding performance of Governor Ishaku and the stance of the PDP as a people-oriented party.
He said, “The Taraba victory and PDP’s popularity in Katsina ahead of the Mashi/Dutsi federal constituency by-election reinforces the acceptance of the PDP across the nation, the readiness of Nigerians to resurge the party at all levels and return the PDP to power at the center come 2019.
“On Katsina, we are already aware of the pressure from certain presidency quarters on INEC to manipulate the process and rig the poll for the APC for obvious reasons, but such is already dead on arrival as the people are now with the PDP.
“APC leaders from Katsina including those at the helm of affairs of the country know that they have failed their people.”
They know that their bandwagon of propaganda, lies and empty promises can no longer work, hence the attempt to compromise INEC.
“Nevertheless, the PDP is coasting to victory as the people of Katsina are already rallied with us ahead of the poll.
“We therefore caution INEC, and in very strong terms too, to note that Katsina is an original stronghold of the PDP.
“The electoral body must therefore immediately reject all ploys of the ruling party to rig the election against the will of the people.”
PDP added that its victory in last Saturday’s Taraba State Assembly bye-election into Ardo-kola state constituency further affirms our party’s popularity among Nigerians in all parts of the country.
“This victory, just as we witnessed in recent elections in Osun, Ekiti and Delta States where we also swept the polls, is as a result of the outstanding performance of Governor Ishaku in delivering democracy dividends to the people in line with the PDP manifesto.
“Governor Ishaku’s giant strides in infrastructural development in addition to well-thought-out economic empowerment programmes remain critical milestones no APC government at any level can offer, while underpinning the good governance bearing of the PDP.”
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