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APC Cannot Score Up To 20% Of Votes In Kogi, Bayelsa- PDP

Lawrence E. NENMAH

Oct. 10, 2019

Abuja – The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) and their governorship candidates cannot score up 20 percent of the votes in the November 16 Kogi and Bayelsa states governorship elections, respectively.
This is even as the party alerted Nigerians of moves by the Buhari Presidency to start conjuring false statistics to cover its alleged incompetence and failures in governance.
PDP, in a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan said APC will also fail to attain the statutory 25 percent of the votes in two-thirds of local governments of the states, as it cannot boast of genuine followership having failed to consolidate any foothold in the two states.
“This is so because it is overwhelmingly evident that the PDP has the highest demography of members, supporters and volunteers in all the electoral units, wards and local governments, ready for the polls and not even the APC’s recourse to violence, blackmail, manipulations, and rituals can sway the resolve of the people in both states.
“Moreover, there is already a consensus that APC’s candidates; the anti-people Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, as well as unskilled David Lyon of Bayelsa State, are no match for PDP’s versatile Engr. Musa Wada and cerebral Senator Douye Diri’s popularity in their respective states.
“For the people of Kogi state, the November 16 election is a determined march for freedom; for inevitable emancipation from the stranglehold of the repressive, vindictive, exploitative and corrupt APC administration.
“The Kogi election is a direct referendum against Governor Yahaya Bello whose administration has become synonymous with deprivation, poverty, violence and death, most times by suicides.
“November 16 is a date Governor Yahaya Bello must keep with the millions he viciously deprived of their means of livelihood; a date with millions who have suffered untold hardship over unpaid salaries and pensions; a date with Kogi youths whose common patrimony he squandered in his reckless wasteful misgovernance; indeed, nothing will deliver Governor Bello from the crushing verdict of the ballot box.
“In Bayelsa, the APC, having no toehold, is almost non-existent as the people are already rallied behind our candidate, Senator Diri, in their collective quest to consolidate on the good governance entrenched by Governor Seriake Dickson.
The APC should know that there is no way the people of Bayelsa will contemplate allowing a party which has proven to be anti-people, ideologically vacuous and corrupt, to be anywhere near their government house, ” the party said.
Meanwhile, the party described as shocking for President Muhammadu Buhari to resort to self-applause and discrediting of development statistics from credible independent organizations simply because they exposed the rots and failures of his administration.
The PDP said that the nation was again embarrassed when President Buhari directed his newly constituted Presidential Economic Advisory Council as well as the Ministry of Humanitarian Affairs not to work with statistics from independent agencies, but to rely only on self-sourced data.
“Our party holds that such is a veiled approval for agencies to cook-up statistics, distort facts and fabricate false performance indices for the Buhari Presidency, a situation that will worsen our national challenges and return our nation to a pariah state,” PDP said.
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