The Peoples Democratic Party PDP NWC (National Working Committee) on Tuesday, met in Sokoto to strategize on the forthcoming supplementary elections in the State, as they canvas for votes from the electorates.
The PDP NWC while at the meeting, assured the people of Sokoto State and Nigerians that the votes they freely gave to its candidates in the 2019 general elections will never be in vain.
The PDP NWC in a statement released by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondinya said that his party the PDP will surely recover the Presidential mandate given to the people’s candidate, Atiku, and ensure that none of the states where the PDP are in the lead ahead of the March 23 supplementary election will be hijacked by the All Progressives Congress APC.
The Chairman of the party who was also at the PDP NWC meeting in Sokoto, Prince Uche Secondus said:
“Elections are about the will of the people. When you force yourself on the people; that is not democracy. Today, Nigerians are unhappy with the way elections were rigged without allowing the will of the people to prevail”.
In his response, the host Governor Aminu Tambuwal said that the PDP
and the people of Sokoto state are upbeat and fully mobilized to ensure that their will is not subverted.
“We are upbeat as Sokoto state has never been this mobilised. People are praying and fasting by themselves and they 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 the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission stormed the residences of our members, harassing and intimidating them
Even on the day of election, they were going round the polling units and picking up our members. There were open rigging in about six of the local government areas”
“They brought their federal might to bear but the will of the people prevailed against them and we won, yet they declared the election inconclusive”
“So, in Sokoto, they have the will of the people to contend with and given the prayers that our people are offering everyday and their decision to checkmate the rigging of APC, victory is sure to be for us and the PDP” he said.
The PDP therefore urges all its members and supporters to remain steadfast and march out on March 23 to consolidate on the victory already won by the party in the states where supplementary elections have been scheduled.