By Providence Obuh
AWKA—The All Progressives Congress, APC, in Anambra State, yesterday, pooh-poohed the ruling People’s Party, PDP, for trading off its candidate in the last Saturday’s governorship election in Anambra State, saying, however, that this had been the party’s trade mark.
Reacting to the statement credited to the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh on the election, the Interim State Secretary of the APC in Anambra State, Mr. Okelo Madukaife said that PDP traded off its candidate in Ondo State for the Labour Party, LP, just as it short-changed Alhaji Ghali Na- Abbah in 2003 for an ANPP candidate adding that APC was not surprised that Tony Nwonye was sold out this time around in Anambra State for the APGA.
Madukaife’s statement read in part, ‘’the comments credited to Olisa Metuh, to the effect that APC knocks INEC when it is losing and vice versa is diversionary in the face of glaring facts of the conduct of Anambra elections known to the whole world, except the PDP which is part of the problem.
‘’In fact, it is a manifestation of sycophancy to please Metuh’s superiors in PDP caught in an intricate web of anti-party conduct and undue influence over INEC. The mere fact that the position of the PDP, as expressed by Metuh contradicts that expressed by the PDP candidate in Anambra gubernatorial elections, Mr. Nwoye, who has called for the total cancellation of the elections, is indicative that the national leadership of PDP lead by the president may not have been fully behind their candidate.
‘’Gladly, Metuh illustrated with Ondo State where his party fielded a candidate for the governorship elections, but instead supported the LP candidate, Governor Olusegun Mimiko through the back door.
‘’He went further to claim that APC is coming third in Anambra State elections as it did in Ondo State. Without meandering, the principle of PDP which short-changes its candidates is the same for Anambra as it was in Ondo State, and the issue of coming third, fourth, fifth of sixth in a largely discredited election does not talk away the locus standi of a focused, people-oriented political party with vested interest to demand as APC and its candidate are doing, that all voters in Anambra State who showed up to vote on Saturday be allowed to vote in a free and fair election on a clean slate.
‘’The admission of INEC that its officers have colluded in election rigging, the confirmation of all observers, local and foreign that the election was a failure; the testimonies further emerging from the elections beyond the original confirmed flashpoints in all 21 local government areas mean that the rigging plan which PDP used to short-change Ghali Umar Na’Aba in 2003 in favour of ANPP candidate and Ifeanyi Ararume, Imo State in favour of Ohakim, a PPA candidate in Imo State’s 2007 elections, may or may not necessarily work for the ‘messed-up’ (in Prof. Attahiru Jega’s words) elections in Anambra State.
‘’APC urges the good people of Anambra State, Nigeria and the world at large to discountenance the mud-slinging from Metuh’s PDP, and pay closer attention to the comprehensive report of putrid manipulation of elections in all 21 local government areas of the state and the insulting signpost of this happening on the birthday of Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe, whose great sacrifices for democracy in Nigeria is unparalleled.’’