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.

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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  • agbobu

    BUT THIS IS THE TRUTH, THE ONLY TRUTH AND NOTHING BUT THE ONLY TRUTH

    It has now come to an end. The free-for-all, take-all-you-can, no-question-asked regime of impunity has now come to an end. Nigerians came together for the first time in the history of our nation and set aside ethnicity, bigotry and cash-and-carry politics to elect a new government and throw out Mr. Jonathan and his band of thieves. Our lgbo siblings missed out in the making of history that helped to throw out a party of thieves and looters.

    It must be stressed that the real winner of the presidential election was Professor Attahiru Jega, the bold, determined, transparent and noble Nigerian who bore the burden of a nation. We must pay homage to a man who refused to be intimidated by Mr. Jonathan and his party of desperate men and women who plotted to win at all cost and were ready to intimidate Jega. But Jega stood up to them and withstood their barrage of assault and wicked plots.

    We can only imagine the long, harrowing days and weeks Jega must have suffered, the threats to his life and the open confrontations of the likes of Mr. Orubebe, an elder in title only; a rascal in action and a criminal by every account and his antecedent. And there was Mr. Fani-Kayode, who recklessly contravened electoral laws by declaring election results from his fertile imagination, afraid that certain time in jail awaits him should his master lose the election. Orubebe and Fani-Kayode ought to face trial for electoral crimes. The same fate should befall the soldiers used to intimidate, harass, assault and rig elections in Rivers, Akwa lbom, Ekiti and Delta States.

    Mr Jonathan threw billions of Naira – some said trillion – into the election. His adverts filled every newspaper, blog, radio and magazine hoping to buy votes and mislead the unwary. Accountability and transparency are areas where Mr. Jonathan fell short and failed to show leadership. He refused to declare his asset, he embraced corruption and was wrapped in it, and he operated a kleptomaniac with ease and delight. Large sums of money have been seized from Mr. Jonathan’s sidekicks overseas and many questions remain unanswered. There are several serious corruption cases that have come to define Mr. Jonathan. Lacking integrity and good character, he has to clear his name in most of those cases, the most critical ones are related to oil scams. Mr Jonathan and his sidekick Alison-Madueke have a lot to account for. The Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) stinks to high heavens and needs total overhaul and sanitization.

    The current management team at NNPC are very corrupt and unashamed about it because they know that the minister and president they report to are heavily tainted and leaders of a cabal of plutocrats, men and women devoted to grabbing and looting. A broad investigation and accounting of crude oil lifting and sales since 2009 must be carried out by the new government. The investigation should focus on the audit of the accounts of NNPC, an account that has not been audited in more than a decade. A special inquiry has to be set up to review the account of the planes hired by Ms. Alison-Madueke. A true picture of the expenses incurred on plane rentals have to be determined and reconciled in line with policies and regulations. Abuses were prevalent throughout the duration of the Jonathan kleptomaniac.

    • Encore

      Pogrom on the Igbo and all Christians in Lagos State

      “On Saturday, if any one of you goes against Ambode (of APC party)
      whom i picked, that is your end. If it doesn’t happen within seven days,
      just know that i am a bastard and it is not my father who gave birth to me. By the
      grace of God, I am the owner of Lagos for the time being. This is an undivided
      chair. The palace belongs to the dead and those coming in the future.

      On Saturday, if anyone of you – i swear in the name of Allah –
      goes against my wish that Ambode will be the next governor of Lagos state,
      the person is going to die inside this water. For the Igbos and others in Lagos,
      they should go where the Oba of Lagos heads to. When they were coming to
      the state, they didn’t come with all their houses. But now they have properties in
      the state. So they must do my bidding. And that is the bidding of the ancestors
      of Lagos and Allah.”

  • Ogom

    Buhari campaigned publicly. I’d like to see pictures of, or even read statements from GEJ campaining for PDP in Lagos.

    No chance. GEJ’s idea of ‘campaigning’ is sitting in a government guest house doling out dollars and ‘security contracts’.

    That’s what he’s in Lagos to do. That’s all he knows how to do and he will fail, again.

  • SAM .A

    Metu , sorry o , you can talk now, conducting an election and accept defeat doesn’t make you a true democrat( that is the minimum the law expect of you) it is how u apply & comply with the law , open your eyes and allow all the thieves in your cabinet to have a field day. Using Police to block the speaker from entering his office. An election where u claimed14 >19 etc .
    Those are the record of your boss that lost his election.

  • Obinna Basil

    Nigerians from various quarters should be ashamed of themselves. In 1967-70, when Gowon and Awolowo saw the impossibility of winning Biafra, quickly ceded part of South South Nigeria (Bakasi) to Cameroon. In 2015, Buhari, Tinubu and their cohort, out of desperation for power, sold the sovereignty of Nigeria to the US and Britain, who use their mighty to oust the incumbent using profAtiheru jega to rig the election and persuaded Jonathan to accept defeat 3 months before the election. Its a shame on Nigeria and Africa at large who up this time of human existence are not able to manage her affairs, giving west the opportunity to meddle into our affairs

  • Assibi

    they are supposed to tho

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  • deedee

    ‘It is not right to sweep rubbish out of Abuja & now dump it in Lagos.We must not allow them dump PDP in Lagos’

  • agbobu

    AND YOU TOO PDP! SEE WHO IS TALKING? THAT WAS VERY RICH COMING FROM THE PDP, THE PARTY UNDER THE FORMER PRESIDENT GOODLUCK JONATHAN WAS THE MOST INEPT, CLUELESS, VISION LESS, UNPREPARED, RECKLESS AND THE WORST CORRUPT GOVERNMENT NIGERIA AND NIGERIANS HAVE SEEN. PDP YOU WERE KICKED OUT AND CHASED OUT OF GOVERNMENT AND POWER, BECAUSE YOU WERE NOT ONLY UNFIT TO GOVERN AND RULE BUT YOU WERE A VERY HUGE DISGRACE AND EMBARRASSMENT TO NIGERIANS AND THE BLACK RACE. SO JUST SHUT UP AND GET READY TO ACCOUNT FOR YOUR VERY TERRIBLE MISDEEDS AND MALADMINISTRATION.