The national leadership of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, blamed the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the irregularities that led to the rescheduling of last Saturday’s governorship elections in Anambra State.
The ruling party also accused APC of using blackmail and propaganda to discredit the electoral process in Anambra election because it realized it was not going to win just as it alleged that the opposition party governors donated an unspecified sum of money to import thugs with the aim of causing confusion and mayhem in the Southeast state.
Speaking with newsmen in Abuja on Monday at the end of an emergency meeting of the National Working Committee, NWC, PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, who urged APC to be good losers, said the collation of results so far point to the fact that the party’s candidate and the party itself was not popular in Anambra.
He added that whenever the opposition wins election, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, was hailed for doing a good job but whenever it loses election, the electoral umpire would then be condemned as not doing well.
Metuh said: “Whenever APC wins, INEC has done very well, when they are not winning in an election and when they are losing, INEC has compromised.
“The NWC has released a statement that INEC should try and resolve all genuine com-plaints while we enjoin them to disregard all pure propaganda deceit and falsehood”.
The PDP said while it awaits INEC to fix a date for the conclusion of the Anambra governorship election in the interest of the people of the state, genuine democracy and committed Nigerians, it wanted to alert Nigerians to the devious antics of the APC.
“We want to alert the entire nation of the antics of APC and their campaign on the use of the instrumentality of blackmail and propaganda to attempt to discredit the Anambra election as a way of creating doubts in the minds of Nigerians on the electoral system, especially having discovered that it was not practicable for APC to win the confidence of Nigerians in electoral victories.
“In Ondo State, we had an election where APC came third. In the Delta re-run, we had an election and APC came fourth. In Anambra, from the result released so far, APC is coming third, but they want to discredit the entire process.
“In the last three days before the election, APC attempted to import thugs into Anambra to manipulate the election and alter the course of the election, but they were apprehended by security forces.”
Metuh, who noted that the party had directed its members to continue to rally round its candidate, Mr. Tony Nwoye, for the election, commended him (Nwoye) for putting up a good showing at the polls in less than two weeks of his campaign; an indication that PDP was the preferred party of the people of Anambra.
He lamented the court cases in the build up to the nomination of the party’s flag-bearer for the governorship elections, saying it scuttled the party’s chance of winning the polls with a landslide.