The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party has called on the electorate in Lagos State to disregard the claim by the All Progressives Congress that the former was planning to rig the governorship election in the state.
It said the claim by the APC that the meeting President Goodluck Jonathan had with the PDP candidate in the state on Thursday was aimed at rigging the election was not true.
A statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Olisa Metuh, in Abuja on Friday, therefore, asked members of the public to disregard the APC’s claim.
He said, “Our attention has been drawn to a statement issued today by the APC against our party and President Goodluck Jonathan with regard to Saturday’s governorship and House of Assembly elections in Lagos state.
“We totally condemn this unwarranted and unnecessary tension being created by the APC in Lagos State a day before the elections. The APC must desist from its propaganda, lies and false alarms especially bearing in mind that it did not win the Presidential election on account of such. Nigerians are no longer in the mood for such politics as they have since moved ahead in celebration of the deepening of our democracy by the PDP-led administration.
“The PDP successfully nurtured democracy in the last sixteen years with attendant benefits to the people. Unfortunately, concerns are already heightening that the APC may not sustain this legacy given its disreputable disposition to national issues and ceaseless resort to propaganda and deceit.”
He said the PDP was aware that the APC leader and President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), had gone to about 12 states meeting and campaigning for his party’s candidates and wondered why the APC should fret about President Jonathan’s meeting with PDP candidates in Lagos.
He said President Jonathan had, with the 2015 general elections, proven beyond all doubts that he is a true democrat committed to free, fair and credible elections, a fact for which he has continued to receive accolades from well-meaning Nigerians and the international community.
He, therefore, called on Lagosians to disregard “this latest false alert and come out en masse on Saturday to exercise their constitutionally guaranteed right.”
In the same vein, he charged the Independent National Electoral Commission and security forces to ensure that the elections are free, fair and credible, not only in Lagos but also in other states of the federation.