The opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s congratulatory message to the newly elected governor of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki, has finally revealed his hand in the election.
The party in a statement Friday said it had noted with “sadness” that Mr. Buhari had never extended similar congratulatory messages or goodwill to PDP candidates who were victorious in various elections since he assumed office.
“In Bayelsa State where his party with the support of security agencies virtually declared war on Governor Seriake Dickson and the people of Bayelsa, the President refused to congratulate the PDP candidate who against all odds managed to survive the APC onslaught,” the party said.
“His aides claimed then that the President was not in the business of congratulating election winners. Why the sudden change of heart now if we may ask? The only plausible explanation is that the President was eager to confer legitimacy on an otherwise badly flawed election in which his party acted like Shina Rambo, the notorious Armed Robber. Only that this time they were robbing the people of their votes,” PDP said.
The party said the action of the president belies his statement that he belongs to nobody but belongs to everybody. It said Mr. Buhari has shown where he belongs.
“We recall that President Jonathan dutifully never failed to congratulate opposition candidates who won elections during his tenure, including Adams Oshiomhole. That is what is expected of a statesman.
“We did not lose the gubernatorial election in Edo State. We can therefore not be described as ‘bad losers’ according to the APC State Chairman in Edo State, Anselm Ojezua. We were robbed by very shameless election riggers.
“We fully support the Edo Chapter of the PDP in the total rejection of the election results. We also fully endorse their determination to employ all legitimate means to reclaim their stolen mandate,” PDP said in the statement signed by its spokesperson, Dayo Adeyeye.
PDP said Nigeria’s democracy is in danger with the advent of the Buhari administration. It said no election had been free and fair since Mr. Buhari came on board.
“We go for elections as if we are going to war; and virtually all elections conducted by INEC have been either inconclusive or blatantly rigged.
“Today Rivers State has no representation in the National Assembly. No thanks to the powers that be. If we do not collectively rise to resist this anti-people onslaught we might as well say bye bye to democracy,” the party said.