By Omeiza Ajayi
ABUJA – The All Progressives Congress APC has accused the Peoples Democratic Party PDP of sponsoring the violence that marred weekend’s conduct of a by-election into the Port Harcourt State Constituency 3 of Rivers state.
Acting spokesman of the party, Yekini Nabena who made the allegation Sunday in Abuja, however hailed “the Rivers State electorate for bravely defending their votes despite the violence and snatching of electoral materials perpetuated by the Peoples Democratic Party PDP during Saturday’s suspended by-election for Port Harcourt Constituency 3 in the Rivers State House of Assembly”.
APC said Nigerians would recall “how the PDP speaking through its National Spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan last Tuesday vowed to deploy all ‘means, schemes, shenanigans in all ramification and magnitude’ to rig all coming election.”
“While we condemn the PDP-sponsored violence and failed attempt to rig the by-election, the APC calls on the Rivers State electorate and indeed all Nigerians to continue to stand their ground and resist any attempt to rig elections in this country. Votes must count; the people’s will must prevail in all elections.
“We reiterate that the PDP’s now public rigging plans is a red flag that require urgent attention by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and relevant security agencies”, the ruling party added.