The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has given reason why they have yet to congratulate the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the just’concluded gubernatorial election in Ondo State.
The party in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said it was indeed ludicrous and completely absurd that Governor Buni was begging for endorsement of the election in spite of his awareness that the internal mechanism that produced his party’s candidate, as presided over by him, was faulty.
It further stated that Nigerians “already know that the emergence of Governor Mai Buni in the national leadership of his party is a subject of litigation and as such his nomination of any candidate for the election is seen, even among his party members, as a nullity until the court says otherwise.”
The party also said it would be pathetic for Governor Mai Buni to attempt to use the PDP to build something on the nothingness of his position in his party.
“The PDP is too structured as a party to be used by anybody, under
any guise, in that regard.
“Perhaps, Governor Buni is not aware that information available in the public space and to the PDP showed that a very top-level management official of the NNPC, through a northwest governor elected on the
platform of the APC, diverted huge amounts of money, in dollar, from our nation oil resources to fund vote buying in the Ondo election.
“Instead of begging the PDP for a congratulatory message, Governor Buni should rather speak to this disturbing stealing of oil money to fund his party’s vote buying at the expense of Nigerians who are bearing the brunt of increase in the pump price of fuel and corruption in the oil sector under the APC,” PDP said.
The party urged President Muhammadu Buhari to take steps that would accelerate the amendment of the Electoral
Act, which was stalled following his failure to sign the amended Act of the National Assembly in 2019.