- PDP has lashed out at the ruling APC over comments on its national convention
- APC had alleged that PDP employed vote-buying method during its just concluded national convention
- But PDP in a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, said that the APC is jittery about Atiku's candidacy ahead of 2019 elections
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned what it called “the uneasiness", apprehension and nervousness in the presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) since the emergence of Atiku Abubakar as its presidential candidate.
Guardian reports that in a statement by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party said, “such nervousness in the ruling party has led to a renewed attempt at smear campaign with spurious allegations against our presidential candidate.”
Legit.ng gathered that the former ruling party described the vote-buying allegation as a defeatist approach that shows that the APC and the presidency are afraid of the Atiku's candidacy and have reached their wits end well ahead of the elections.
Ologbondiyan said: “The claims by APC of vote-buying at our national convention, is therefore, not only false but completely unfounded and symptomatic of a party that has totally lost bearing and now engaged in rumour-mongering.
“However, such allegation from the APC is not unexpected given that it had tried everything possible to scuttle our national convention and presidential primary but woefully failed, hence the desperation to engage in attempt to discredit the process that has been acclaimed as the best in our political history."
He also cautioned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) not to contemplate bending the rules to smuggle in candidates from the Zamfara state chapter of the APC.
“The PDP is aware of a clandestine meeting between topmost officials of INEC and Zamfara state government, where INEC was instructed to manipulate the system and bend the rules to accommodate the APC.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) urged the Ekiti state governor, Ayodele Fayose, to rescind on his threat to leave the opposition party. The party urged the governor to avoid taking action over the just concluded parties national convention on Saturday, October 6.
Speaking on the matter, the deputy national publicity secretary, Diran Odeyemi said Fayose is a great asset to the party.
The party said: “We appeal to him not to leave the party, he has been an asset and he has benefited from the party. Even when he left, he still came back to the party, so he should consider all that and not abandon the party when we need him most.
"He should consider the fact that all those who left the PDP for other parties regretted that they left.
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