…As INC, PDP ask Nigerians to reject rigging plot
By Chinonso Alozie
Owerri—The Southeast zone of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday said that it sympathised with the people of South East who had travelled home to participate in the election before it was postponed.
A statement to newsmen in Owerri by the Acting Publicity Secretary of PDP, Chijioke Ekwegh claimed that the postponement of the February 16th Presidential and national assembly elections caused huge financial loss to the people of the zone.
Ekwegh described the sudden development as shifting of doomsday for the APC, accusing INEC of colluding with APC to rig the 2019 elections.
He went further to say that hunger among other economic challenges would be one of the reasons for which APC should be voted out of power.
The party stated: “We sympathise with our brothers and sisters who travelled home from far for the sake of electing a quality president and national assembly members of their choice. The inconveniences and financial loss caused by this postponement cannot be compared to the gains of a responsible PDP-led federal government from May 29,2019.
“We are aware of the sufferings, pains, loss of jobs, killings and nepotism the Nigerian people have endured since the inception of this out-going government.
“The last minute postponement of the presidential and national assembly polls by INEC is an indication that the APC led federal government has failed woefully.
“It is an indication that the electoral umpire is under pressure and doing the bidding of the APC just to rig the elections in favour of the unpopular President Muhammadu Buhari.
“From East to West and even in the North, PDP and our articulate presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar are popular and very much accepted.”
APC, INEC, security agencies working to rig election —PDP
“We are now aware that APC and INEC, in conjunction with security agencies are working closely to rig the elections in favor of President Muhammadu Buhari, but we are ready and will resist any attempt to subvert the will of the greater number of our people at the polls.
“Nigerians from all walks of life are united in electing Atiku as the next President and there is no amount of postponement by INEC or any other institution that will alter this fact.”
INC, PDP, ask Imolites to reject rigging plot
Meantime, Imo people and Nigerians in general have been called to square up against the plot to rig the 2019 general elections.
One of the Igbo based groups, Igbo National Council, INC, led by Chilos Godsent, who spoke to Vanguard in Owerri, added that he did not see any convincing reasons for which INEC should postpone the 2019 elections.
Also, a chieftain of the Imo State Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and Southeast coordinator of PDP, New Media, Arc Akwarandu also challenged the federal government on free and fair elections, urging Nigerians “to resist any form of rigging.”