Thursday, 5 November 2015

PDP Slams APC Over Elections Insists On Free And Fair Elections In Kogi, Bayelsa

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said it would resist any attempt by the All Progressive Congress (APC) to derail the peaceful conduct of the November 21 and December 5 governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states respectively.

The party also accused the APC of attempting to use the outcome of the 2015 general elections as a premise to claim victory in the alleged manipulated Borno central senatorial bye election.

“The scandalous resort by the APC to use security forces to frighten and intimidate voters and electoral officers to sway votes in its favour, in addition to other ploys made to set the stage for violence in the process, clearly collaborate the fact that it has already lost its support base in the country and particularly in the north.

“We are aware that the APC is already stretching its desperation to Kogi as well as Bayelsa state where, in the attempt to create tension, unleashed thugs on the campaign train of Governor Seriake Dickson on Tuesday, an action that is a clear test-run of their machinery of violence ahead of the Bayelsa December 5 election.

“Intelligence report available to us shows that this brazen attack on Governor Dickson was not spontaneous but part of a well-hatched plot to create an atmosphere of insecurity in the state, ostensibly to pave way for their violence-driven rigging strategy, including the deployment of APC controlled security forces to frighten and intimidate voters as was the case in the Borno bye-election.

“The PDP wishes to state in clear terms that it would resist any attempt by the APC to derail the peaceful conduct of the November 21 and December 5 governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states respectively.  It is on this note that we call on President Muhammadu Buhari, as the leader of the nation and a huge beneficiary of the credible election organized by the PDP, to take immediate steps to rein-in his members, as their actions in Bayelsa state are capable of triggering a resurgence of militancy in the Niger Delta region.

“Let the APC be amply reminded that Bayelsa and Kogi states are clear strongholds of the PDP and no amount of intimidation, threats and use of force will bend the will of the people or detract from their support for Governors Seriake Dickson and Idris Wada respectively. Moreover, the people of these states are not in anyway ready or willing to accept any results that do not, in full measure, reflect their wishes and aspirations at the polls,” PDP said in a statement made available to our reporter.

The party said the APC, by such argument, might as well forget about contesting the December 5 governorship election in Bayelsa state where the ruling PDP won all contested positions in the 2015 general elections.

Prince Uche Secondus, the acting national chairman of the PDP, said on Tuesday, November 3, that to eliminate the role of money-bag politicians, the intention of the party was to make its primary elections zero expensive in order not to give room for inducing anybody.

The party, in a communiqué issued in Abuja on Thursday, October 29, after the confirmation of the ministerial nominees at the Senate plenary session, had equally raised concerns over what it described as undemocratic attitudes on the part of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration.