The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that the presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) were mounting pressure on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to rig the forthcoming Mashi/Dutsi House of Representative’s bye-election. Daily trust reports
This was disclosed by the PDP on Tuesday in a statement signed by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.
According to Mr. Kola, the move was in recognition of the ruling party’s fear of losing the election on grounds of its “failure” to fulfil campaign promises.
“On Katsina, we are already aware of the pressure from certain presidency quarters on INEC to manipulate the process and rig the poll for the APC for obvious reasons, but such is already dead on arrival as the people are now with the PDP.
“APC leaders from Katsina including those at the helm of affairs of the country know that they have failed their people. They know that their
bandwagon of propaganda, lies and empty promises can no longer work, hence the attempt to compromise INEC.
“We therefore, caution INEC, and in very strong terms too, to note that Katsina is an original stronghold of the PDP. The electoral body must therefore, immediately reject all ploys of the ruling party to rig the election against the will of the people.
“Nevertheless, the PDP is coasting to victory as the people of Katsina are already rallying with us ahead of the poll,” the PDP said.
The PDP also congratulated Governor Darius Ishaku and the people of Taraba State on the party’s victory in the last Saturday’s State Assembly bye-election.