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-and-APC

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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