The Director of Media and Publicity for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Organisation, Femi Fani-Kayode on Friday, April 10, 2015 reacted to claims by the All Progressives Congress (APC) that President Goodluck Jonathan and the PDP were planning to rig the Saturday, April 11, 2015 gubernatorial election in Lagos State in favour of its candidate, Jimi Agbaje.
Speaking via a statement, Fani-Kayode said the APC have become jittery owing to the strength of Agbaje’s candidacy, adding that for the first time in 16 years, the APC feels that it would lose the election.
The former Minister of Aviation also told the APC to be grateful that President Jonathan avoided causing a stir after the result of the presidential elections were announced and acted like a statesman in conceding defeat.
He said: “They should thank their lucky stars that we have a President who saw fit to concede victory and behave like a gentleman rather than cause a stir by rejecting the results and going to court.”
On the rigging allegations, Fani-Kayode said: “Once again the APC has degenerated into a party of liars who have little or no shame. It is not true that the President has any rigging plan for Lagos and neither do we need any such plan because our party is very strong there.
“The problem that the APC has and the reason that they make such asinine and stupid allegations is because they actually believe that they own Lagos state and all those that live there.
“They are now in a state of panic because for the first time in 16 years they are facing a formidable challenge and they know that Jimi Agbaje of the PDP is likely to win. The truth is that there was no secret meeting in which rigging was planned by the President and neither is it true that materials were smuggled in to rig Lagos state.
“The only people that are interested in rigging and in milking any cash cows are the APC themselves and they can rest assured that we will resist them at all levels. We will not only keep them on their toes at the Federal level by being eternally vigilant but we will also provide them with the most aggressive, relentless, focused and assertive opposition that Nigeria has ever known.
“President Jonathan simply conceded defeat in the Presidential election but this does not in any way mean that we have lost our nerve and neither does it represent a capitulation of our convictions or a collapse of our firm resolve.”