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You’re eroding electoral gains, PDP tells APC


[FILES] Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomhole speaks during the party caucus emergency meeting on the postponed general elections in Abuja, on February 18, 2019. – National party leaders including candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo attended an emergency national caucus meeting of the party to discuss the way out following Saturday’s postponement of the general elections. (Photo by PIUS UTOMI EKPEI / AFP)

The Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party yesterday rose from its 65th meeting, berating the All Progressives Congress (APC) for what it called “the systematic erosion of gains recorded under its administration in enhancing the credibility of the electoral process over the years.”

Addressing reporters after the gathering that lasted over two hours, the BoT chair, Walid Jubrin, congratulated the political group and its candidates for their ‘good outing’ despite what he called the alleged unprecedented militarisation of the elections.

He promised that the trustees would stand by members, especially those whose mandates were allegedly stolen.

A statement read: “The BOT hereby wishes to congratulate our great party and all our candidates, who participated in the 2019 elections, for bracing the odds and strengthening democratic rules and culture in spite of the unprecedented level of militarisation, which runs clearly against the letters and spirit of the judgment of the Supreme Court that says the military has no business with the conduct of elections.

“The BOT also wishes to assure Nigerians and all members of our great party, especially those whose mandate were openly stolen, that the BOT stands by them at all times to reclaim the mandate freely given to them by the good people of Nigeria”

The board noted “the systematic erosion of the gains made under the PDP administration in enhancing the credibility of the electoral process over the years and frowns on the way all those gains are being distorted and eroded by the present administration.”

Meanwhile, the party has cautioned Kogi lawmakers over what it called conspiracy to oust the state Chief Judge, Justice Nasir Ajana.

In a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, it regretted that the legislators allowed themselves to be “pushed by Governor Yahaya Bello to act beyond their boundaries and join in the odious conspiracy to forcefully remove the chief judge.”

Besides, the Committee of Youth on Mobilisation and Sensitisation (CYMS) has urged the Federal Government to compensate families who lost their loved ones to the 2019 polls.

Its Director General, Obinna Nwaka, at a press conference yesterday in Abuja, also wants government to sustain various youth empowerment programmes.

He also appealed to the ruling party to upscale its reward system and shun alleged nepotism.

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