The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday, dismissed the call by the Department of State Services, DSS, and the Nigerian Police for the postponement of Saturday’s gubernatorial election in Edo state, as “shocking, bizarre, confusing” and a ploy to rig the poll in favour of the ruling APC candidate.
In a statement by its spokesman, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, he said the party was “taken aback on this advice coming a day after the President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari was present at the Mega Rally of its Party, the APC in Benin City.”
“It is on record that INEC recently conducted a ‘hitch free’ Senatorial Bye-Election in Borno State which is a high-point of insurgency in the country but the security agencies saw no reason to call-off the election.
“It is therefore lamentable to hear from these same security agencies that the election cannot be held in a state where in less than 24 hours, the President and all the APC leaders and members had an uninterrupted rally.
“We are calling on the President, Muhammadu Buhari to caution the security agencies and direct them to provide full security, and also to desist doing anything that will jeopardize this forthcoming gubernatorial election in Edo State.
“We are equally counting on INEC not to succumb t this false alarm by acting independently and holding election as scheduled.
“We hope that this advice from the security agencies are not in concert with the APC of having seen the indices of losing the Edo State Gubernatorial Election to the PDP.
“Finally, the Party leadership led by Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi, CON, calls on our members, teeming supporters, other Edo voters and the international community to remain law-abiding while staying alert on this calculated attempt at scuttling our hard earned democracy”.