The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lashed out at the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and President Muhammadu Buhari for failing to constitute his campaign council or create a succinct campaign blueprint two months to the presidential elections holding in February 2019 and claimed the reason for that was because they already had plans in place to rig the elections.
On Sunday, December 16, the PDP released a statement signed by the national publicity secretary of the party, Kola Ologbodiyan, where they claimed the APC have failed to set up a campaign structure, “because they are banking on their plots with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), under Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to manipulate the electoral process and rig for them.”
Part of the statement read: “It is clear that President Buhari has been overwhelmed over his rejection by a vast majority of Nigerians, who are bearing the brunt of his incompetent and corrupt administration; that is why he cannot articulate any campaign message after the failed launch of his copied and widely spurned “Next Level” mantra. All over the world, patriotic and obligated leaders, who are seeking (re-) elections, go to the electorate to canvass for votes with their messages and solutions.
“But our President and the APC have been busy procuring phony endorsements, harassing and intimidating opposition leaders, compromising the electoral body to create illegal voting centers, delaying election budgets and holding the process to ransom by refusing to sign amendments to the Electoral Act that eliminate avenues for rigging. President Buhari, who is already reputed to have wrecked our once robust economy, crippled our critical sectors, entrenched corruption at the high places, and whose administration has dangerously divided our nation with escalated violence and daily bloodletting, is seeking re-election with no solution to offer on any critical sector of our economy.
“Mr. President has nothing to offer on security; he has no message on education, agriculture, health, energy, power, employment, manufacturing and other key sectors, which he wrecked in the last three and half years. Instead of seeking ways to make amends, President Buhari, ostensibly out of frustration over his rejection and imminent electoral defeat in 2019, has arrogantly told Nigerians to be ready to face more suffering and hardship in the remaining part of his tenure.”
He said the PDP and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, “are working hard, campaigning across the country and offering solutions,” adding that, “we have continued to receive overwhelming support from majority of Nigerians, ahead of the 2019 general elections. It is instructive for President Buhari and APC to note that they cannot have their way, as Nigerians are determined in their resolve to resist any attempt by the APC to rig in this election.”
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