The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a recent statement says that President Muhammadu Buhari is losing popularity in his stronghold.
According to the PDP, the alleged deployment of heavily armed security forces in Saturday’s House of Representatives bye-election in Katsina State was intended to muscle votes for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The statement was issued by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Sunday, saying that Saturday’s Kano State Local Government election was shameful, adding that the poll was characterized by outright chating, open underaged voting and ballot stuffing amongst other malpractices.
Ologbondiyan added that using force and allocation of ballots to gain votes in the Katsina bye-election in Mashi/Dutsi Federal Constituency, which should have been an ordinary walk in the park as Buhari’s constituency, shows that APC has pathetically lost it.
The PDP got a total vote of 22,690 against APC’s 30,719 in the bye-election.
“The APC is corrupting security officials to use maximum force as a desperate measure to save President Buhari, whose popularity had dipped across our nation.
“We invite Nigerians and the international community to mark how the APC and its controlled Federal Government are corrupting our electoral system, by using force to intimidate the people and steal their votes.
“In their desperation to help the President, the APC in cahoots with the inept Presidency, declared war on the people by ensuring the deployment of over 1000 heavily armed and hostile security operatives for an election that held in only 15 polling units within two local governments of Katsina State,” PDP said.
He further noted that the electoral infractions committed by the ruling party will be exposed.
“The PDP is compiling a comprehensive documentary evidence of infractions and irregularities including barring of legitimate voters from accessing polling centers, assigning of polling units to APC government functionaries, indiscriminate arrests of opposition members and supporters, underaged voting and allocation of votes for APC as well as conflict between results from the polling units and collation centers among others.
“Also being compiled is the identity of the security and electoral officials used by the APC to subvert the will of the people, which will be made public while ensuring that they are prosecuted.
“The clear message to the APC is that the will of the people will prevail in 2019 as Nigerians will never allow the shameful impunity and suppression witnessed in Katsina and Kano during last Saturday’s election as they will be fully rallied to resist such across board”, the party added.