The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has vowed to put up a formidable fight even if it meaning rigging election to match the rigging tactics of the All Progressive Congress (APC) starting with the September 22 governorship election in Osun State.
Kola Ologbondiyan, the spokesman of the party, in a statement vowed to dismantle the APC’s “rigging machinery” henceforth.
Ologbondiyan stated that Nigerians and other political party now know that APC is a party of serial election riggers.
The party added that it would contend with the APC, “head to head, means to means, scheme to scheme, shenanigan for shenanigan, in all ramifications and magnitude,” to discomfit the ruling party in all coming elections in the country.
The PDP further stated that it has examine the many incident of molestation, barefaced suppression, unleashing of violence and unabashed of the Military employed during the various elections carried out under President Muhammadu Buhari.
It vowed to never again allow the APC and its Federal Government to continue using foul means to usurp power as it has done in the past and asking the PDP to go to court thereafter.
The statement said: “The PDP has particularly reviewed the rigging of Edo State governorship election in 2016, the blatant rigging of the July 14, 2018 Ekiti State governorship election and the last Saturday’s federal constituency bye-elections in Bauchi, Katsina and Kogi States.
“The review showed that the PDP won in all the elections but was viciously manipulated out by the APC- controlled Federal Government through the instrumentality of violence against PDP agents and supporters, vote buying, use of thugs, ballot snatching, harassment, arrests, maiming and even killing of PDP supporters in addition to the use of compromised electoral officers to cancel votes belonging to the PDP, alter results from polling centers and then return APC candidates as winners.
“Furthermore, the PDP takes very strong consideration of the open boasts and chest-thumping by officials of the Buhari Presidency and the APC, particularly on their rigging of the Ekiti governorship and the federal bye-elections in Bauchi, Katsina and Kogi States, where APC thugs were allowed to freely use weapons against PDP supporters.
“This is in addition to the unholy convergence of APC governors and security goons in constituencies where elections are held to supervise the free distribution of funds to buy votes, bribe electoral officers and openly intimidate the people.”