The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has vowed to dismantle all the alleged rigging machinery of the All Progressives Congress (APC), in future elections, beginning with the Osun State governorship election next month.
The party therefore directed all its state governors, presidential aspirants, officials at state and zonal chapters, national and state assembly members and all other elected leaders at all levels to get ready to move into Osun State and provide all support necessary and germane in all the nooks and crannies of the state in the forthcoming election.
The national publicity secretary of PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement said since it has become manifest to Nigerians and all parties that the APC is only interested in rigging elections brazenly, it will henceforth contend with APC, “head to head, means to means, scheme to scheme, shenanigan for shenanigan, in all ramifications and magnitude, to discomfit them in all coming elections in the country.”
He further said that the party has thoroughly reviewed all infractions, barefaced suppression, unleashing of violence and unabashed use of security forces and compromised electoral officers to rig elections against it since the assumption of office of President Muhammadu Buhari and “vowed to never again allow the APC and its federal government to continue to use foul means to usurp power as it has done in the past and merely ask the PDP to go to court. Never!”
The PDP added that it has particularly reviewed the alleged rigging of Edo State governorship election in 2016, the alleged blatant rigging of the July 14, 2018 Ekiti State governorship election and the last Saturday’s by-elections in Bauchi, Katsina and Kogi states.
“The review shows that the PDP won in all the elections but was viciously manipulated out by the APC- controlled federal government through the instrumentality of violence against PDP agents and supporters, vote buying, use of thugs, ballot snatching, harassment, arrests, maiming and even killing of PDP supporters in addition to use of compromised electoral officers to cancel votes belonging to the PDP, alter results from polling centres and then return APC candidates as winners.
“Furthermore, the PDP takes very strong consideration of the open boasts and chest-thumping by officials of the Presidency and the APC, particularly on their rigging of the Ekiti governorship and the federal bye-elections in Bauchi, Katsina and Kogi states, where APC thugs were allowed to freely use weapons against PDP supporters.
“This is in addition to the unholy convergence of APC governors and security goons in constituencies where elections are held to supervise the free distribution of funds to buy votes, bribe electoral officers and openly intimidate the people”, the statement reads in part.
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