March 17, 2019

Press Statement

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…Says APC’s Violence, Shenanigans Will Come to Naught

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it will win all the Governorship
supplementary elections scheduled for March 23, 2019 adding that the
plans of violence and manipulations by the All Progressives Congress
(APC) will be resisted by the people and summarily come to naught.

The party says it is ludicrous that the APC could seek to play the
victim when all material facts have established that the APC
militarized, perpetuated violence and unleashed mayhem on Nigerians  in
the elections so far held.

The PDP recalls that even the recent US States Department’s Bureau
reports shows that state apparatus of power was used for intimidation
and electoral violence to favour the government.

The PDP is however undeterred in our imminent victory in the March 23
supplementary elections.

In Benue, it is clear that the people have rejected the APC as clearly
demonstrated even in the Presidential election. Benue state has always
been home to the PDP. It is incontestable that our party has the largest
genuine followership in all the units, wards and Local Government areas
of the state and as such does not need any underhand measure to secure
victory in any election in the state. Our winning lead of 81,000 votes
were validly delivered at the polling units and that reality will
humiliate the APC as it cannot be subverted.

Similarly, Rivers state is an impregnable home to the PDP since 1999.
The results of all the elections held in Rivers, including the state
House of Assembly, showed that the PDP is in control of the state.
Moreover, in Rivers, the APC is a vicious interloper, which has been
perpetuating violence and killings as a means to subvert and  truncate
the electoral process since it has no candidate in the election.

In Kano, the people of the state are known to be incorruptible and had
always detested leaders who are corrupt and incompetent. They have
always elected governors that are acceptable to the ordinary people. The
corruption and incompetence of the Ganduje administration is therefore
distasteful to the people and that is why they have collectively
rejected the APC and rally with the PDP. All the shenanigans by the APC
and compromised INEC officials in Kano will therefore be unachievable.

In Bauchi, the PDP has already been elected and this reality cannot be
altered by the APC. INEC had already established that the APC
compromised its official to declare Tafawa Balewa LGA as inconclusive
and had restored the votes that were stolen by the APC. It   is
imperative for APC to accept the fact that its bunch of broom has become
famished.

In Sokoto, the people have given us the mandate. The constitution
provides for simple majority of votes. The declared results show that
our candidate clearly won and that is why our candidate has been
mandated to go to the court to seek interpretation of the section of the
constitution that deals with the declaration of results.

In Adamawa state, the APC is merely hallucinating and seeking ways to
subvert the process. Its despicable resort to using a person who did not
participate in the election to seek to use the courts to ambush the
election is disgraceful.
However, INEC had since declared that it cannot be stopped from going
ahead with the supplementary election where our party is already in good
stead to coast to victory.

Signed:

Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary
And
Director, Media & Publicity
PDP Presidential Campaign Organization