- The APC says it refrained from mobilizing resources of coercion to influence the electoral process in the 2019 elections
- The national publicity secretary of the party, Lanre Issa Onilu, notes it is unheard for a ruling party to lose election in states controlled by it
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said it lost some states it controlled in the 2019 elections because the party allowed the free elections without interference in the electoral process.
The national publicity secretary of the party, Lanre Issa Onilu, said as a ruling party, the APC refrained from mobilizing resources of coercion to influence the electoral process, The Nation reports.
Onilu explained that it was unheard for a ruling party to lose election in states controlled by it, noting that such happened because the APC allowed the electorate to decide the outcome of the polls.
“In Sokoto, we lost by less than 500 votes, but in Kano, we won by thousands of votes. Which one is narrow? Is it the Sokoto that PDP have claimed they have won with three hundred or Kano that we won by over 20,000 votes, so it is not narrow," he said.
“But the important thing to note is that, and that’s my word. Being a journalist myself, I begin to ask myself, what has happened to us in the media? That our role is to interpret events.
“If we interpret these events very well, you will notice that you have a ruling party that is supposed to mobilize all the resources of coercion and all instrument of coercion to get what we want. You just said that we lost some States, major States.
“I will tell you that the only reason that happened was because this party has provided a platform for people to go and face the electorate and for the electorate to pass judgement on the people that have been put forward without anybody doing anything against it.
The APC chieftain said unlike the PDP who practiced win by all means when it was in power, the APC was resolved to do what was decent.
Meanwhile, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje has raised allegation against the Kano state commissioner of police, Mohammed Wakili, claiming he gave protection to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In an interview with Daily Trust, the governor said the police commissioner helped the opposition party win rig the state governorship election.
Ganduje said the arrest of his deputy was unconstitutional and they could have chosen to take him to court for it.
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