by OBIORA IFOH
Ahead of this weekend’s rescheduled governorship election in three states, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has alleged plot by the All Progressives Congress, APC, to use the election tribunals and other arrangements to truncate and subvert the freely given mandate of the people in Abia, Taraba and Imo states.
PDP National Working Committee, NWC, and Governors and Senators-elect on the party’s platform after its meeting yesterday in Abuja, also vehemently frowned at “the shameless undemocratic ways displayed by the outgoing APC lawmakers in Ekiti State towards effecting an unconstitutional change in government.”
The communiqué, which was read by Senator George Thompson Sekibo, also noted that the party frowned at the unprecedented level of intimidation, harassment and undue persecution of party members since INEC’s declaration of APC’s presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, as winner.
The communiqué reads, “The meeting calls on INEC to be forthright and impartial in handling of the various elections pending in Abia, Imo and Taraba states.
“The meeting congratulates all winners on the platform of PDP in the elections and urges them to discharge their duties and form a formidable opposition that can redirect the fortunes of the country and sustain the gains of the present democratic era led by President Goodluck Jonathan.
“The meeting stresses the importance of unity and harmony in the party for effectiveness in its new role and warns that it will not condone agents of APC working as fifth columnists to destabilise the leadership of the party.
“The meeting commends all members of the party for their unflinching support and belief in the party even in the face of intimidation, pernicious violence and untold harassment.
“The meeting assures all members of the party across the country of adequate protection in the exercise of their democratic franchise always.”
It also said that “the APC is planning to use the tribunals and Salamic arrangements to truncate and subvert the freely given mandate by the people in the states and constituencies
Roll call of governors who attended the meeting included Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom State, who is now a senator-elect, and Gombe State governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo.
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