The Peoples Democratic Party presidential campaign organisation has rejected a recent order by the inspector general of police, Suleiman Abba, asking the electorate not to stay back at the polling units after casting their votes.
The PDP campaign said party supporters should stay back at the various polling units to check rigging and other electoral irregularities.
The director general of the PDP campaign and a former PDP national chairman, Dr Ahmadu Alli, said this in Abuja on Sunday evening at the official endorsement of President Goodluck Jonathan by the Association of Local Government of Nigeria.
Alli said, “During elections, vote and do not look for any trouble. After voting, stay with your votes and ensure that you follow them when they are counting your votes. Do not allow them to rig. Stay with them and ensure nothing happens to the votes.
“A lot has been said about this election. I want to bring an aspect to you, which is vital; the changing of guards at the presidential villa is crucial because it is our post-100 years of co-existence. We must use this election to prove our enemies wrong. Goodluck Jonathan is our solution to the series of problems we have in this country. He is well tested and has risen through the ranks to become the President. Can you say such a man does not have experience?
“Our product is marketable unlike the other old man, who is part of my generation. He wants to come and rule this nation in this age when everyone is moving to endorse younger leaders. We must support Jonathan to ensure that the old are not allowed to come back.”
The inspector general was among the security chiefs recently summoned by President Jonathan to a closed door meeting, the outcome of which is yet to be disclosed.