Ahead of the Saturday’s supplementary governorship election in Bayelsa State, the national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party has literally declared war, saying that members of the party were free to unleash their anger on anyone trying to manipulate the election.
It urged its members to use all means necessary in a democracy to resist any move by any one, including the All Progressives Congress, to rig the election.
The party said it was aware of alleged plots by the APC to use security operatives and officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission to attempt to produce fictitious votes and declare itself the winner.
It however vowed that any such bid would be greeted with resistance and dire consequences.
The PDP leadership in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, early on Tuesday claimed that Southern Ijaw “is a well-known PDP stronghold” and that it would never accept any results that failed to reflect the will of the people.
Metuh issued the statement before he was arrested by some officials of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission for alleged corruption.
Metuh said his party had lost confidence in INEC and security agencies in the country, saying members of the party in the region should closely monitor the activities of the commission and its officials.
But the National Secretary of the APC, Mai Mala Buni, said the APC was worried by the latest and familiar antics of the PDP which it accused of beating “war drums” ahead of the Saturday’s governorship supplementary election in Southern Ijaw Local Government.
Buni said the APC was aware of PDP’s ploy to intimidate eligible voters, INEC officials and security operatives deployed to ensure a peaceful, free and credible supplementary election in the state on Saturday.
He said, “While the APC prays for a peaceful, free and credible supplementary election on Saturday, security agencies must be on high alert over the dangerous threats by the PDP to cause a breakdown of law and order in Bayelsa State on Saturday.
The party’s scribe said history might not repeat itself but it rhymed. He noted that it was clear that the PDP was still suffering from a hangover of its old ways of doing things.