The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has cautioned the All Progressives Congress (APC) and “its thugs procured to reenact their Kano rigging template” in the Thursday’s Governorship Supplementary election in Adamawa state, to note that they will be attempting to do so at their own peril.
According to a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday by Kola Ologbondiyan, National Publicity Secretary, the PDP has full details of how the APC has “hired thugs and miscreants from other states with instructions to cause confusion, invade polling units, disrupt the electoral process, snatch ballot boxes, engage in ballot stuffing and assist the APC to allocate votes for its candidate, with the assistance of compromised INEC and security agents.”
The PDP said it has also been made aware of how the APC has cloned Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs), which it said the ruling party plan to use to manipulate the process for their candidate.
The statement said the main opposition party, however, wants “APC and its thugs to bear in mind that there is no way they can be allowed to repeat the evil they committed in Kano in Adamawa state.”
The statement added: “Our field agents, who have been at alert, have full knowledge of the planned movements of the APC thugs and our members and supporters are ready to resist them and use all means, necessary and legitimate, to defend our votes, even in this supplementary election.
“The PDP, however, restates that by law, our candidate, Ahmed Fintiri, has since March 9, 2019, won the Adamawa state governorship election, having scored the highest number of valid votes and secured the statutory 25% in two-third of the state. This validates the known fact that Adamawa state is home to the PDP and this supplementary election, though unnecessary, will reinforce our victory.”
The party, therefore, directed its teeming members and supporters to come out en-mass to vote and defend their votes from the polling unit to collation and the final announcement of results.
The PDP also charged INEC officials to note and respect the will of the people of Adamawa state and resist all inducements by the APC to manipulate the process, as such is capable of pitching the people against the commission.