…As NEC biker over Atiku, govs absence
By Myke Uzendu, Abuja
The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has resolved to undertake strategic alignments and mass mobilisation to ensure the party wins at least five out of the six states where supplementary elections will hold.
The NEC in its 85th emergency meeting further resolved to rally round the candidates who will participate in the election to ensure that the party was not robbed of victory during the election
Briefing party stakeholders during the meeting, the National Chairman of the Party, Prince Uche Secondus expressed confidence that the party is united and has all the facts to reclaim the mandate freely given to its Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
He said that the party is not perturbed nor shaken despite the militarisation of the elections of 23rd March and 9th August because it has clear, incontrovertible evidence it will present before the election petitions tribunal to reclaim the mandate.
He lamented that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) defied all electoral laws and cancelled most of the votes in PDP stronghold but assured that the party was working with its legal team to recover the stolen mandate.
Secondus wondered the kind of magic or impossible arithmetic calculation that will give the All Progressives Congress (APC) victory at the polls during the supplementary elections.
He reported that in Adamawa state, the margin is 32,476 while cancelled votes are 40,000 while in Bauchi cancelled votes are 32,000 while PDP is leading with 4,000 votes.
He also noted that in Benue State, the margin is 81,000 with 121,000 cancelled votes just as the PDP winning margin in Kano State margin is 26,000 and leading with 3,000 margin in Sokoto State even as 75,000 votes were cancelle,” he said.
According to him, the party is trailing behind APC in Plateau with 49,000 votes.
“So, we believe that in all of these states, especially five out of six, is for PDP will win. If INEC and security agencies will go on Saturday and manipulate and manouvre, the world will see and I pray that God will touch those who are involved” Secondus said.
In his contribution, the President of the Senate, Senator Bukola Saraki, appealed to party members that they have great future in the the five states that are inconclusive.
He said that the elections were shameful and even those who won are not proud to celebrate their victory.
“We have a great future ahead and I believe we will start that on Saturday to make sure that we defend those five states that are declared inconclusive
“If anybody believes that it is a loss to PDP, it is a loss to the country that history will not forgive us. We said it many times here, that the worst to do is to do an election that as country Nigeria, we will not be provide of.
“We have done an election that no doubt anybody, even those that think they have won are ashamed of the kind of election that we did. I think it is a shame to the country and to those that were given that responsibility to do.
“They have Saturday as their last opportunity to try as much as possible to reclaim part of their embarrassment to the country” Saraki said.
Also in his good will message, the Speaker of the House of Representative, Hon. Yakubu Dogara said it was time for Nigeria to become a model of democracy.
He said Nigerian should not take the lead as the leader in Democratic woes, insisting what happened at the elections were evil which do not last forever.
He said, “For those who believe in power for the sake of power, not because they want to empower people, not because they want to better the lives of our people, there is also lessons they can learn from history, history is now a replete with examples of all those who pursue power, for the sake of power.
“There lives have always ended in tragedy that await anyone who seek power for the sake of power. We have see that display in Nigeria..”
However, former governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, lamented the absence of some governors at the meeting.
He said, “Those governors absent in our meeting sent a bad signal to the outside world and in addition where the governors are not here former governors are not here and they have their chairman”
But responding, Secondus said that the governors were fully excused as they are busy tighting all loose ends ahead of the supplementary election.
He said, “Obviously, we are in election season. So you can’t blame anybody. We are in election season. Most of the states are having re-run, if not for governor but for State or National Assembly. So, we don’t have anybody to blame at all.”
Present at the meeting were all the members of the National Working Committee including
Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu and Senator Jim Nwobodo who just returned to the party.
Others are Senator Ibrahim Mantu, Capt. Idris Wada, Senator Liyel Imoke, Chief Dubem Onyia and other party stalwarts.