BY VICTOR BUORO, ABUJA – The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday called on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to purge themselves of their age long undemocratic habits of election rigging, vote buying, violence, abuse of state institutions for political ends.

This is as the APC also said that ahead of the Edo State Governorship election, the PDP candidate, Governor Godwin Obaseki has consistently spin puerile conspiracies on the role of ‘federal might’, while on the other hand using his so called “Obaseki Boys” and state apparatus under his control to harass the State House of Assembly and APC members in the state.

The APC also said that this is just as Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, who as head of the PDP campaign council is threatening violence.

The Party which stated these while reacting to insinuations and misinterpretation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration that the party could have used the military and other security services to overrun opposition states in the 2019 general election but chose free, fair elections, said that it however understands the panic and distress of Obaseki and the PDP.

It therefore urged the PDP leaders and members to address themselves to new realities that under the President Buhari-led APC administration, power now belongs to the people and during elections, votes count.

The APC said that President Buhari’s statement on not using the military to overrun opposition, is a solid pointer that under the current administration, the days of stolen and procured electoral mandates are fast fading.

The ruling Party which stated these in a statement by its Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Mr Yekini Nabena also said that critical state institutions such as the Judiciary, INEC, security services have been the ultimate beneficiaries of the President’s impartiality and non-interference.

The APC urged all Nigerians to support the independence of the state institutions to deepen our democracy and improve our electioneering system.

The statement further said; “While we understand the panic and distress in the camp of the PDP and Governor Obaseki following the massive and widespread support given by the Edo electorate to the APC Governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the APC invites the PDP to join us in issue-based campaigns and at least attempt to sell to the Edo electorate the merit of their candidate, if any.

“The APC’s people-focused development records across the country forms the basis of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu’s six-point ‘SIMPLE agenda’ for the good people of Edo State which stands for Security, Infrastructural development, Manpower development, Public Private Partnership, Leadership and Employment creation.

“We call on partisans, particularly the PDP to purge themselves of their agelong undemocratic habits of election rigging, vote buying, violence, abuse of state institutions for political ends and address themselves to new realities that under the President Buhari-led APC administration, power now belongs to the people and during elections, votes count,” APC said.

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