By Musa Adamu
The All Progressive Congress (APC) has warned the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to note that with President Muhammadu Buhari leading the government, the era of procuring or stealing electoral mandates is over and cannot be done in Edo and Ondo State election.
In a statement issued yesterday by the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of APC, Yekini Nabena, which is titled ‘APC to PDP, Obaseki, Wike: Emulate President Buhari on Free, Fair Elections’, the party said “We must all support the independence of our state institutions to deepen our democracy and improve our electioneering system.”
According to the ruling party, the critical state institutions such as the Judiciary, INEC, security services have been the ultimate beneficiaries of the President’s impartiality and non-interference.
It said ahead of the Edo State Governorship election, the PDP candidate, Governor Godwin Obaseki, continually spins puerile conspiracies on the role of ‘federal might’, while using his so called “Obaseki Boys” and state apparatus under his control to harass the State House of Assembly and APC members in the state.
“On his part, Governor Nyesom Wike as head of the PDP campaign council threatens violence.
“While we understand the panic and distress in the camp of the PDP and Governor Obaseki following the massive and widespread support given by the Edo electorate to the APC Governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, the APC invites the PDP to join us in issue-based campaigns and at least attempt to sell to the Edo electorate the merit of their candidate, if any”, the statement said.
It said the APC’s people-focused development records across the country forms the basis of Osagie Ize-Iyamu’s six-point ‘SIMPLE agenda’ for the good people of Edo State which it said stands for Security, Infrastructural development, Manpower development, Public Private Partnership, Leadership and Employment creation.
“We call on partisans, particularly the PDP to purge themselves of their agelong undemocratic habits of election rigging, vote buying, violence, abuse of state institutions for political ends and address themselves to new realities that under the President Buhari-led APC administration, power now belongs to the people and during elections, votes count”, the statement pointed out.