PDP defends Jonathan over APC’s Lagos rigging claim

Olisa Metuh

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has condemned allegations by the All Progressives Congress, APC, that President Goodluck Jonathan is leading the charge by the party to rig Saturday’s governorship election in Lagos state.

The APC had in a statement by its spokesperson, Lai Mohammed, Friday said Mr. Jonathan and the PDP have perfected plans to use fake result sheets to rig the election.

PDP asked the APC to desist from its “propaganda, lies and false alarms” especially bearing in mind that it did not win the presidential election on account of such.

The party said in a statement by Olisa Metuh, its spokesperson, that Nigerians were no longer in the mood for such politics as they have since moved ahead in celebration of the deepening of the country’s democracy by the PDP-led administration.

“The PDP successfully nurtured democracy in the last sixteen years with attendant benefits to the people. Unfortunately, concerns are already heightening that the APC may not sustain this legacy given its disreputable disposition to national issues and ceaseless resort to propaganda and deceit.

“We are aware that the APC leader and President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari has gone to about 12 states meeting and campaigning for his party’s candidates and wonder why the APC should fret about President Goodluck Jonathan’s meeting with our candidates in Lagos,” the party said.

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It also said President Jonathan has with the 2015 general elections proven beyond all doubts that he is a true democrat committed to free, fair and credible elections, a fact for which he has continued to receive accolades from well-meaning Nigerians and the international community.

The party called on Lagosians to disregard what it said was that latest false alert and come out enmasse on Saturday to exercise their constitutionally guaranteed right.

“In the same vein, we charge INEC and security forces to ensure that the elections are free, fair and credible not only in Lagos but also in other states of the federation,” it said.

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