Kogi, Bayelsa polls: PDP urges Buhari to caution APC members

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Abuja  – The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to caution members of the All Progressives Congress against any action that can cause violence during Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections.

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This is contained in a statement signed by The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, on Thursday in Abuja.

Metuh said that the PDP was aware that the APC was attempting to create tension in Kogi and Bayelsa ahead of the elections.

He said “unleashed thugs on the campaign train of Gov. Seriake Dickson on Tuesday was a clear test-run of APC machinery to create violence ahead of the Bayelsa Dec. 5 election.

“Intelligence report available to us shows that this brazen attack on Governor Dickson was not spontaneous.

“It is part of a well-hatched plot to create an atmosphere of insecurity in the state, ostensibly to pave way for their violence-driven rigging strategy.

“The strategy that includes the deployment of APC controlled security forces to frighten and intimidate voters as was the case in the Borno bye-election,’’ he said.

Metuh said that PDP would resist any attempt to derail the peaceful conduct of the governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states.

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“We call on President Muhammadu Buhari, as the leader of the nation and a huge beneficiary of the credible election organised by the PDP, to take immediate steps to rein-in APC members and their actions.

“Their actions in Bayelsa state are capable of triggering a resurgence of militancy in the Niger Delta region.’’

Metuh said that Bayelsa and Kogi were clear strongholds of the PDP.

He said that no amount of intimidation, threats and use of force would bend the will of the people or detract their support for PDP candidates.

“Moreover, the people of these states are not in any way ready or willing to accept any results that do not in full measure reflect their wishes and aspirations at the polls,’’ he said.

In a separate statement, PDP decried Wednesday’s rejection by APC senators of the N5,000 monthly stipend for unemployed graduates promised by the APC during its electioneering campaign.

It stated that the rejection underscored that APC deceived Nigerians to obtain power.

“Indeed, the unanimity displayed by the APC senators in rejecting the promised N5, 000 monthly welfare package, especially coming after their party and the Presidency had made futile efforts to distance themselves from it.’’

It added that it was also an indication that the APC was “insensitive’’ to the feelings and aspirations of Nigerians, especially the unsuspecting youths, women, who voted for the party.

It stated that from the foregoing, Nigerians should not expect fulfillment of other promises from the APC.

The promises, according to PDP, include monthly allowance to discharged but unemployed NYSC members, free meals and scholarship to school children, free houses, bringing the naira to the same value with the dollar among others. (NAN)

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