#EdoDecides: PDP blasts Buhari for congratulating Obaseki

FILE PHOTO: L-R: All Progressives Congress (APC) Gubernatorial Candidate, Mr. Godwin Obaseki; President Muhammadu Buhari; Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; APC Deputy Gubernatorial Candidate, Mr. Phillip Shuaibu; Edo State Governor, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole and his Wife, Iara during the Edo State APC Grand Finale Campaign at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin, on Tuesday, September 6, 2016.
FILE PHOTO: L-R: All Progressives Congress (APC) Gubernatorial Candidate, Mr. Godwin Obaseki; President Muhammadu Buhari; Lagos State Governor, Mr. Akinwunmi Ambode; APC Deputy Gubernatorial Candidate, Mr. Phillip Shuaibu; Edo State Governor, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole and his Wife, Iara during the Edo State APC Grand Finale Campaign at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin, on Tuesday, September 6, 2016.

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.


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  • Drama-King

    Eyaaaaa, is this the same PDP that ruled this country as though it was their personal belonging that is now complaining? Wonders shall never end.

    • shadow

      Ti – he – he!!!!

  • Arabakpura

    These PDP people are becoming too sentimental! Jonathan was playing to the gallery when he was doing that and we all knew he was not real! Buhari is an APC member when party matter is the subject! So, you guys should grow up! In fact what Jonathan was doing then amounted to anti-party but because he was dutifully sharing you people money, you did not see anything wrong!

  • Debaptist

    Pot calling kettle black

  • Nigeria will return to a democracy in 2019….. AGAIN.

  • Mr Stephen

    Pdp forgot so soon what you guys did at ekiti, forgot so soon under your so call Jonathan how osun state was shut down and opposition were hunted by pdp backed law enforcement. Infact buhari has not deal with this pig dig pig the way Nigerians wanted.

  • maimalari

    Bad losers

  • Observer

    I dey laff PDP.. Una never chee chon chin

  • zygote

    This is a case frustration! May God give PDP the strength to bear the loss.

  • henry

    Defeat can be terrible if you don’t have a sport man’s heart .why would President not congratulate his party men’s victory?PDP nawaoh.

  • Abdulkadir

    In all the elections where violence and thuggery are perpetrated even in the presence of security officials, Buhari never congratulated the winners, or empathise with the losers. What makes the Edo election different? It was largely peaceful and orderly as attested to even by the PDP in the state, of course, before the direction of the election become known. Once the direction of the election become known and it is favouring the APC, the position of the PDP changed and the wails of rigging, result alteration, compromise of INEC, etc begin to rent the air. Its a shame if PDP must win for elections to be considered free.

    Buhari just congratulated democracy, not the performance of APC in it.

  • Osakue

    Why use the name of Shina Rambo, why not Aninie the notorious Edo Armed Robber.

  • Realitytalk

    So the PDP are still angry that they lost the battle, they should go to court if they feel offended now, what is thier worry self

  • bjay

    How Buhar congratulated governor elect who won on people’s blood,pdp people are totally mad

  • Sadiq Yakubu

    You cannot beat a child and still tell the child not to cry.Pdp was beaten,so they must cry and wail.Please continue crying and wailing.

  • Truth is bitter

    I said it before that, Almighty God has inflicted members of PDP and their supporters with the disease of wailing and ranting. Rogues, this is just the beginning. I don’t belong to any party, but, I hate totally, any party that impoverished the living standard of common Man because of selfish gain. PDP is a wrong institution in Nigeria. President Buhari has the right to congratulate or reprove anybody he chooses to do so. From now going forward, PDP can never win any free and fair election, people are becoming wiser.

  • Rommel

    HahahahahahahahahahaLol! I expect that we would soon hear from their spokesman Abubakar Shekau