By Emma Amaize, Festus Ahon, Perez Brisibe & Ochuko Akuopha
CHAIRMAN of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Delta State, Prophet Jones Ode Erue, has dismissed the pervasive claim that his party intends to employ “federal might” to rig Saturday’s Governorship and House of Assembly polls, boasting that APC has the capacity to trounce the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, because it is on ground in the state.
The party leader, who spoke to Vanguard in an interview, said APC’s plan this Saturday was to win the governorship polls and liberate Deltans from bondage.
His words, “If APC will rig elections, why did we not rig the presidential election with federal might, those are the questions we must ask, how can a man from Oghara bring 17, 000 votes in how many wards, with which card reader? Let us be frank and ask ourselves questions, how can one federal constituency produce result more than a senatorial district?
“Not just any senatorial district, but the highest and most populated senatorial district in the state and you tell me there was an election? This is a challenge and an insult to the Urhobo nation,” he added.
The APC chair, who maintained that the governorship is different from presidential said, “I assure you, on Saturday, we will give them (PDP) a very sound defeat, I can tell you that for free and you can go to the bank with it.”
Our chances bright
Asked how the party could achieve the feat when his party won only two of the 25 local government areas in the state in the last Presidential and National Assembly elections, he said,
“You see, when people talk about that we won two local government areas, they should talk about how the election was conducted. We must follow the first principle, which is did election take place in some of the places?
“People were busy voting while others were busy writing results. We have integrity and we saw what they did, but these are two different scenarios and this is a governorship election, which is closer to the people than the other election.
“You will discover that you cannot be talking about us winning two local government areas because of that. The issue is what are our chances? Our chances are bright because we are on ground and they are not on ground.
A man, who is afraid and withdrew to write result is afraid of defeat, so if you check him in writing results, what will happen? Defeat becomes obvious and his weakness exposed. He will experience the gains of defeat, I will not tell his pains, it is known to only the person, who is defeated,” he said.