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March 9: Steer Clear Of Niger Delta, PDP Cautions Buhari, APC

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March 6, 2019

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) cautions President Muhammadu Buhari
and his prowling All Progressives Congress (APC) to steer clear of all
PDP strongholds, particularly the Niger Delta region, ahead of the March
9, Governorship and State Assembly elections, in order to avert a
widespread crisis in our country.

The party also counsels Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and APC factional
National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, to perish APC’s thoughts of using
thugs to muscle the Akwa-Ibom governorship and state assembly elections,
as the people have been fully rallied for a firm resistance on Saturday.

PDP’s position is predicated on the on-going heavy shipment of security
forces and armed thugs into PDP strongholds, particularly, the Niger
Delta region, with the view to suppress voters and manipulate the March
9 electoral process for the APC.

Since the robbery of the PDP’s Presidential mandate, which Nigerians are
determined to reclaim at the tribunal, the APC has been jittery over the
escalated public support for the PDP not only to retain our states but
also to ensure a sweeping victory for PDP in APC states across the
country.

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As a result, the APC is desperate to unleash violence in oil rich
Akwa-Ibom, Rivers, Cross River, Delta, Bayelsa, Abia, as well as Benue,
Taraba, Gombe, Sokoto, Enugu, Ebonyi, Kwara, but these states and all
other strongholds of the PDP, spanning across our nation, remain
impregnable.

The PDP warns that Nigerians are still livid over the rigging of the
February 23 Presidential election, which was clearly won by Atiku
Abubakar.  As such, any further attempt to test their collective will on
March 9 is capable of sparking off a huge civil restiveness across our
nation.

We invite Nigerians to note how Osinbajo, on Tuesday, at a town hall
meeting in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom state, boasted that he and Oshiomhole will
ensure that the APC will never be defeated and how thugs, loaded in over
50 buses, who confessed to have been contracted by Oshiomhole, were
later intercepted on their way from Edo state to Akwa-Ibom to cause
mayhem during Saturday’s election.

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The PDP has full information on various secret locations in Akwa-Ibom
state, including hotels and other camps, where the APC has quartered
thugs ahead of Saturday’s election. We note that the police have refused
to evacuate these thugs; but let it be known that the people of Akwa
Ibom State will never allow them to operate.

The PDP therefore cautions the APC as well as its compromised INEC and
security officials to bear in mind that Akwa-Ibom and all Niger Delta
states are incontrovertible PDP strongholds; that the APC do not have
any genuine followership in these states and that anybody attempting or
supporting any forceful take over of any PDP stronghold should be aware
that he or she is doing so at his or her own peril.

Signed:

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

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