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Steer clear of Adamawa supplementary polls, PDP warns riggers

By Dirisu Yakubu and Ezra Ukanwa
ABUJA-The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has cautionioned riggers allegedly working with the All Progressives Congress, APC, perish the thought of manipulating the Adamawa supplementary elections on Saturday as doing so will be at their own peril.

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Former vice-President Atiku Abubakar speaks during the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP)’s national convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on October 6, 2018.
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This is even as the party said it has full details of how the APC has hired thugs and miscreants from other states with instructions to cause confusion, invade polling units, disrupt the electoral process, snatch ballot boxes, engage in ballot stuffing and assist the APC to allocate votes for its candidate, with the assistance of compromised staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and security agents.

In a statement signed by the party’s spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP vowed to resist what it called the evil perpetrated in Kano in the recently concluded supplementary polls in the state.

“The PDP wants APC and its thugs to bear in mind that there is no way they can be allowed to repeat the evil they committed in Kano in Adamawa state.

“Our field agents, who have been at alert, have full knowledge of the planned movements of the APC thugs and our members and supporters are ready to resist them and use all means, necessary and legitimate, to defend our votes, even in this supplementary election.

“Our party has also been made aware of how the APC has cloned Permanent Voter Cards, PVCs, which they plan to use to manipulate the process for their candidate.

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“The PDP however restates that by law, our candidate, Ahmed Fintiri, has since March 9, 2019, won the Adamawa state governorship election, having scored the highest number of valid votes and secured the statutory 25% in two-third of the state. This validates the known fact that Adamawa state is home to the PDP and this supplementary election, though unnecessary, will reinforce our victory.

“The PDP also charges INEC officials to note and respect the will of the people of Adamawa state and resist all inducements by the APC to manipulate the process, as such is capable of pitching the people against the commission,” the statement read in part.


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