The Peoples Democratic Party says it will, henceforward, withstand any attempt to rig it out in the coming elections, beginning with the yet to schedule national assembly Supplementary elections and coming week governorship election in Sokoto state.
PDP made the pledge on Thursday at the stakeholders meeting at International conference Centre Kasarawa, Sokoto state.
The stakeholders meeting which was attended by Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, his Deputy Alhaji Muhammad Manir Dan’iya, former Deputy Governor Barr Mukhtar Shagari, party state chairman Alhaji Aliyu Bello Goronyo, the state campaign Director general Yusuf Suleiman and national and state assembly members from the party said that it had become manifest that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) was interested in rigging elections, saying the PDP would henceforward contend with similar in all ramifications and magnitude, to discomfit it in all coming elections.
They said that the PDP had completely reviewed all contraventions and pledged to never again allow the use of foul means to convert power as it was done in the past.
They berated the action of security agencies especially the Nigerian police which they said allowed themselves to be used by the Minister of Police Affairs Muhammad Maigari Dingyadi.
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Speaking further the leader of the party in the state Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal encouraged the security agencies to be professional, stressing any further attempt to bully the people in the forthcoming elections would be repelled.
All of you know what happed last Saturday we were winning overwhelmingly when the APC hoodlums raided the polling units unde the watch of security agencies” he stated.
These hoodlums rendered most of the election in many polling units inconclusive”, he added.
He said PDP, thus, resolved that in as important as it remains a law-abiding political party, conducting its affairs rigorously within the confines of our nation’s electoral laws; the party will henceforth repel rigging.
We’ll henceforth directly and physically defy and repel the election riggers from always having a field day by truncating our inceptive democracy.
Accordingly, the PDP directs all its agents, its officials to be watchful in all polling units to avoid the replication of what happened last Saturday.
He called on president Muhammad Buhari to warn erring security officers.
Our assertion as a party is for a level playing ground, a free, fair and credible electoral process, where all votes will count just as our party provided for General Buhari in 2015, that enabled him to be elected as president.
Nevertheless, we won’t accept our respect for popular tenets to be taken as a mark of cowardice or weakness.
He added that the stakeholders meeting was a wake-up call to all lovers of democracy across our nation to rise in this spirit to safeguard the nation’s democracy from allanti-democratic and burdensome forces.