The Peoples Democratic Party has accused the Action Congress of Nigeria of rigging last week’s local government election in Ogun state.
A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, said “democracy is in grave danger in the ACN-controlled states with the stubborn insistence of the party that what counts is the whimsical decision of the cabal in its leadership and not the vote of the people”.
According to the PDP, the ACN distorted the voter register and abused the electoral laws and the Ogun State Independent Electoral commission’s guidelines in its desperation to win.
“This brazen assault on democracy climaxed on the election day when the snatching of ballot boxes, seizure of result sheets and unrestrained violence were engaged by the machinery of the ACN controlled state government. In spite, voters defied intimidation and made their choice, ”Mr. Metuh added.
The PDP expressed concern that the results of the election were not declared at the ward level as required by law but at the State capital where it said the outcome of the election was conveniently doctored and fictitious results announced.
The Party further said that “while President Goodluck Jonathan has laid a solid foundation for credible elections and is consolidating on it, the ACN which parades itself as a champion of democracy is busy pulling down the pillars of democracy by truncating the people’s right to choose their leaders”.
“It is pertinent to compare what is happening in the ACN states as regards the conduct of local government elections to the patriotic zeal the President has ensured that the will of the people prevailed in the successive elections starting with Anambra State governorship election of February 10, 2010; culminating in the recent Edo governorship election,” Mr. Metuh said.
“A political party which cannot be trusted to conduct a free and fair ward election, the least in the federation, will certainly drag the process into the abyss were it to be in charge of the state and federal elections. The summary again is that the ACN has proved itself unworthy of the mandate of the larger Nigerian polity,” he added.