It is no longer news that despite the massive wave of All Progressives Congress’ (APC) victory following the Saturday, April 11, 2015 governorship elections across the nation, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was able to comfortably retain its power position in the South South especially in Akwa Ibom, Delta, and Rivers States.
In a press conference held on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 addressed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, the party expressed concerns that APC is making moves to upturn its victory in those three states as they allege that their victories in those states were fraudulent.
The losing candidates in those states have approached the various tribunals involved to upturn their victory.
At the conference, PDP alleged that the APC had plans to; (a) begin moves to procure and manipulate stakeholders in the election, Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) inclusive, and security personal “to bear false witness and doctor electoral materials against the PDP at the tribunal,” and; (b) sponsor negative publications in some sections of the media which would be laced with false claims and corruption of election figures to suit their devious plans thereby manipulating public opinion and justice against the PDP in the states.
He further claimed that APC should be held responsible if ever there was a breakdown of law and order in any of the three states. He said the actions of the APC are geared towards instigating crisis and inciting the people. He claimed that APC desire is to grossly manipulate the judiciary and “ostensibly to torpedo the will of the people in these states.”
“We know that the main of aim behind APC’s desperation to take over these three states is their belief that they are strategic to the PDP and that taking them away will further weaken and undermine our party and accelerate the quest for a one-party state in our country,” Metuh stated.
He urged INEC, security forces and the Judiciary to closely monitor their staff as the APC had devious schemes to drag their employees, who were actively involved in the elections, into a criminal plot.