Ganduje earlier told newsmen after a meeting with Buhari that free and fair elections in Rivers is not normal.
Ganduje earlier told newsmen after a meeting with President Buhari that free and fair elections in Rivers state is not normal.
According to Vanguard, PDP’s spokesman, Dayo Adeyeye described Ganduje’s comments as absurd.
Adeyeye also said the Kano Governor’s comment is an indictment on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
He said Ganduje’s statement is a “veiled threat that the coming election in Rivers State will be manipulated as usual by the APC using the INEC and the security apparatus of State. If free and fair Elections have been “abnormal” in the Region according to the Governor, it is due to the manipulation and the win-at-all-cost attitude of the APC.
“This desperation of the APC to win at all cost was exposed by the recent decision of the Court of Appeal which upturned the Re-Run Election in Opobo/Nkoro State Constituency of Rivers State in favour of our Candidate, Mr. Diri Adonye; wherein the Appeal Court emphatically stated that the Election was massively rigged. Nigerians can now see who has been manipulating elections and causing the State of abnormality in the Region.
“Alhaji Ganduje’s statement is also an indictment on INEC because the Governor is saying in effect that INEC has never conducted a free and fair election in the Region and INEC should respond immediately to defend its own integrity.
“We are therefore calling on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to demonstrate its independence by ensuring that the forthcoming election in Rivers State is free, fair and credible. The Electoral umpire since the inception of this APC Administration has been wobbling from ‘Inconclusive Elections’ to ‘Advanced Rigging’ and we wish to urge INEC to graduate from this ‘macabre dance’ to conducting free and fair elections in order to regain the confidence and trust of Nigerians and the international community as a neutral and an unbiased umpire that it is supposed to be.
“We also call on Security Agencies in Nigeria to continue to maintain their Constitutional role and duty of protecting lives and properties in the Country and maintaining law and order during elections.
“Finally, we call on all our members, teeming supporters and the electorates in Rivers State to come out en-mass on Saturday, the 10th of December 2016 to cast their votes in the remaining Re-Run Elections in favour of the Candidates of our Party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). Rivers State is home of the PDP and we are sure of victory in all the Re-Run Elections.”
Also, the Governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike has said that the PDP will resist any attempt to rig the upcoming rerun election.