Press Statement

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says the rejected All Progressives
Congress (APC) and their unpopular governorship candidates cannot score
up 20 percent of the votes in the November 16 Kogi and Bayelsa states
governorship elections, respectively.

The PDP says the APC will also fail to attain the statutory 25 percent
of the votes in two-third of local governments of the states, as it
cannot boast of genuine followership having failed to consolidate any
foothold in the two states.

This is so because it is overwhelmingly evident that the PDP has the
highest demography of members, supporters and volunteers in all the
electoral units, wards and local governments, ready for the polls and
not even the APC’s recourse to violence, blackmail, manipulations and
rituals can sway the resolve of the people in both states.

Moreover, there is already a consensus that APC’s candidates; the
anti-people Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state as well as unskilled
David Lyon of Bayelsa state are no match for PDP’s versatile Engr. Musa
Wada and cerebral Senator Douye Diri’s popularity in their respective
states.

For the people of Kogi state, the November 16 election is a determined
march for freedom; for inevitable emancipation from the stranglehold of
the repressive, vindictive, exploitative and corrupt APC administration.

The Kogi election is a direct referendum against Governor Yahaya Bello
whose administration has become synonymous with deprivation, poverty,
violence and death, most times by suicides.

November 16 is a date Governor Yahaya Bello must keep with the millions
he viciously deprived of their means of livelihood; a date with millions
who have suffered untold hardship over unpaid salaries and pensions; a
date with Kogi youths whose common patrimony he squandered in his
reckless wasteful misgovernance; indeed, nothing will deliver Governor
Bello from the crushing verdict of the ballot box.

Our party therefore counsels Governor Bello to desist from his crude
blackmails and resort to thuggery, as he would soon realize that he is
now alone.

In Bayelsa, the APC, having no toehold, is almost non-existent as the
people are already rallied behind our candidate, Senator Diri, in their
collective quest to consolidate on the good governance entrenched by
Governor Seriake Dickson.

The APC should know that there is no way the people of Bayelsa will
contemplate allowing a party which has proven to be anti-people,
ideologically vacuous and corrupt, to be any where near their government
house.

The PDP therefore counsels the APC to end its pipe-dream of winning in
the two states as such is completely unattainable under the prevailing
reality.

Signed:

Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary

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