The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday called on the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Governor Godwin Obaseki, and the Chairman of the party’s Campaign Council, Governor Nyesom Wike, to emulate President Muhammadu Buhari on free and fair elections.
The APC, in a statement by its Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, said President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration that the APC could have used the military and other security services to overrun opposition states in the 2019 general election but chose free, fair elections was a solid pointer that under the current administration, the days of stolen and procured electoral mandates were fast fading.
The party also stated that critical state institutions such as the Judiciary, INEC, security services had been the ultimate beneficiaries of the President’s impartiality and non-interference.
He said, “we must all support the independence of our state institutions to deepen our democracy and improve our electioneering system.”
The party accused the PDP candidate, Governor Godwin Obaseki of continually spinning 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 ahead of the Edo State governorship election.
“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 issues-based campaigns and at least attempt to sell to the Edo electorate the merit of their candidate, if any,” the party said.
It added that the party’s people-focused development records across the country formed the basis of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu’s six-point “SIMPLE agenda” for the good people of Edo State which “stands for Security, Infrastructural development, Manpower development, Public Private Partnership, Leadership and Employment creation.”
The APC called on partisans, particularly the PDP to purge themselves of their age-long 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.”