As Tambuwal assures supporters of victory
By Dirisu Yakubu
Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has assured its supporters across the country that the votes they freely gave to its candidates in the 2019 general election will not be in vain.
It also expressed optimism that its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, will reclaim the mandate of the Nigerian people in court.
National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, in a statement by Kola Ologbondiyan, the party’s spokesperson, today, made the pledge while on a solidarity visit by the leadership of the party to Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, ahead of Saturday’s supplementary elections.
Secondus said Nigerians were extremely hurting over “the rigging of the presidential and other elections by All Progressives Congress, APC, as well as the schemes to forcefully take over states already won by PDP, leading to the supplementary elections.
“Elections are about the will of the people. When you force yourself on the people, that is not a democracy. Today, Nigerians are unhappy with the way elections were rigged without allowing the will of the people to prevail.”
Responding, Tambuwal said PDP and the people of Sokoto State were upbeat and fully mobilised to ensure that their will is not subverted.
He said: “We are upbeat as Sokoto State has never been this mobilised. People are praying and fasting and are ready once again to ensure that their will is not subverted.
“What happened in the last elections was unimaginable as security agents took over the state. Ballot papers were found with APC members on the streets. The staff of Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, stormed the residences of our members, harassing and intimidating them.
“So, in Sokoto, they have the will of the people to contend with and given the prayers that our people are offering every day and their decision to checkmate the rigging of APC, victory is sure to be for us and the PDP.”