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Our party will win all supplementary polls -PDP to APC

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed confidence that it will win all the governorship supplementary elections scheduled for Saturday, March 23.

The opposition party accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of playing the victim, even as it accused the government of planning violence and manipulations across the states.

The party said the recent US States Department’s Bureau reports shows that state apparatus of power was used for intimidation and electoral violence to favour the government. The PDP says it is however undeterred in what the party described as its ‘imminent victory’ in the supplementary elections.

Part of the statement read: “In Benue, it is clear that the people have rejected the APC as clearly demonstrated even in the presidential election. Benue state has always been home to the PDP. “It is incontestable that our party has the largest genuine followership in all the units, wards and local government areas of the state and as such does not need any underhand measure to secure victory in any election in the state.

“Our winning lead of 81,000 votes were validly delivered at the polling units and that reality will humiliate the APC as it cannot be subverted. “Similarly, Rivers state is an impregnable home to the PDP since 1999. The results of all the elections held in Rivers, including the state House of Assembly, showed that the PDP is in control of the state. “Moreover, in Rivers, the APC is a vicious interloper, which has been perpetuating violence and killings as a means to subvert and truncate the electoral process since it has no candidate in the election. “In Kano, the people of the state are known to be incorruptible and had always detested leaders who are corrupt and incompetent.

They have always elected governors that are acceptable to the ordinary people. “The corruption and incompetence of the Ganduje administration is therefore distasteful to the people and that is why they have collectively rejected the APC and rally with the PDP. All the shenanigans by the APC and compromised INEC officials in Kano will therefore be unachievable. “In Bauchi, the PDP has already been elected and this reality cannot be altered by the APC.

INEC had already established that the APC compromised its official to declare Tafawa Balewa local government area as inconclusive and had restored the votes that were stolen by the APC. It is imperative for APC to accept the fact that its bunch of broom has become famished. “In Sokoto, the people have given us the mandate. The constitution provides for simple majority of votes.

The declared results show that our candidate clearly won and that is why our candidate has been mandated to go to the court to seek interpretation of the section of the constitution that deals with the declaration of results. “In Adamawa state, the APC is merely hallucinating and seeking ways to subvert the process. Its despicable resort to using a person who did not participate in the election to seek to use the courts to ambush the election is disgraceful.”

Meanwhile, Engineer Babachir Lawal, a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) and APC chieftain, has urged Governor Muhammad Bindow to honorably concede defeat in the interest of peace in Adamawa state. Lawal was reacting to the release of delimitation details of polling units for governorship re-run election fixed for Saturday, March 23 as released by INEC in the state.

The delimitation details revealed that the total number of registered voters in the 44 polling units stands 34,101 against 40,948 being speculated. Umaru Fintiri of the PDP is already leading with 367,471 votes against the 334,995 votes polled by Governor Bindow, with a margin of 32,467 votes. Lawal said his call for the governor to concede defeat is aimed at strengthening democratic norms, adding that another election is only four years away.

Buhari’s Electoral Robbery Cannot Stand Before Noble Justices, Says PDP

According to PDP, reports that Atiku had been made offers to abandon his challenging the result of the presidential election were false

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it will go to court and contest the outcome of the presidential election, held on February 23, 2019. The party also denied the claims that Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential candidate, made demands of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The party made this known in a statement signed by Kola Ologbondiyan, its National Publicity Secretary. According to PDP, reports that Atiku had been made offers to abandon his challenging the result of the presidential election were false.

The statement read: “The Buhari Presidency and the APC know that their electoral robbery cannot stand before any noble justices and are now attempting to use all sorts of blackmail and shenanigans to derail the quest by Nigerians to reclaim the stolen mandate at the tribunal.

“However, let it be known to President Buhari and the APC that Atiku Abubakar and the PDP are standing shoulder to shoulder with Nigerians in this collective determination to take back the stolen mandate and we are not ready for any form of negotiation with anybody on this matter.

“Our party and candidate remain committed to the huge sacrifices made by Nigerians in ensuring our collective victory as delivered at the polling units across the country; we are mindful of the pains that Nigerians are passing through since the subversion of their will at the polls; we are sensitive to the expectations that millions of compatriots place on our shoulders in this struggle and we will never let Nigerians down.

“We have all the authentic results from all the polling units as well as forensic evidence of manipulations by the APC and INEC. We will bare them all at the tribunal and the court will give justice to Nigerians. “On that note, the PDP states unequivocally that nothing will change its resolve to pursue this despicable electoral fraud, unknown in our political history, to its end.

“We shall devote every energy necessary to reclaim our mandate and have Atiku Abubakar declared president, in line with the will of the people as delivered at the polling units on February 23, 2019. “Anything short of this is not acceptable and no amount of false reports, connivance, contrivance, intimidation, harassment and fresh attacks on our leaders, including the Director General of our Presidential Campaign, Senate President Bukola Saraki, whose residence was besieged by security agents last night, can alter this resolve.” Source: SaharaReporters

“If not for Boko Haram, I would’ve polled 2m votes for Buhari” – Sheriff

Ali Modu Shariff said he would’ve polled 2 million votes for President Muhammadu Buhari in Borno state if not for the activities of Boko Haram militants.

Sheriff made this statement while responding to claims by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that the figure returned for the president in Bornor state were padded and unrealistic considering the security situation in the state.

Sen. Ali Modu Shariff was a governor of Borno state for eight years. He was for years fingered on the rise of the Boko Haram sect in the state. Sheriff, had left the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the PDP in 2014 before the 2015 general elections. He however, returned to the party in 2018 after he fell out with the PDP after a protracted legal tussle over the chairmanship of the party.

Figures from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) show that Buhari got 836,496 votes to defeat Atiku Abubakar (PDP) who scored 71,788 votes in Borno, forcing PDP supporters to question the figures because of the insecurity in the state.

“I don’t know why the PDP are grumbling. Registered voters are more than two million and we only gave the president 830,000,” Sheriff, who was national chairman of the PDP in 2017, said.

His response to the press reads in parts as follows:

“When I was a governor, the president got over a million votes in Borno. Why didn’t they complain then? They are just crying foul for nothing. This election was the most transparent election that ever took place in the history of Nigeria and I stand to be corrected.

“They should just embrace peace. The president has said that he is going to carry everyone along, they should accept their defeat and replan for 2023 if we are all alive. But this election has been won and won transparently.”

Election Results: Investors further remove N196billion from NSE

Investors have continued to react negatively to the election outcomes as transactions at the Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) end with the market capitalisation losing N196 billion to close below N12 trillion mark the second day after the announcement.

The market capitalisation lost N196 billion or 1.63 per cent to close at N11.828 trillion relative to N12.024 trillion achieved on Wednesday.

Similarly, the All Share Index lost 525.54 points to close at 31,728.70 when compared with 32,244.24 recorded on Wednesday.

Delay in budget passage and the backlash from the presidential elections, and the expiration of the tenure of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor by June were some of the reasons for the negative outcomes, according to experts.

Nigerian Breweries trailed with a loss of N3.70 to close at N79.50, while Guaranty Trust Bank declined by N2.60 to close at N35.35 per share.

Stanbic IBTC depreciated by N2.05 to close at N46.25, while Dangote Flour Nigeria was down by N1.05 to close at N10.90 per share.

On the other hand, Dangote Cement having declared N16 dividend for 2018 financial year led the gainers’ table with N3.80 to close at N195.30 per share.

GlaxoSmithKline followed with a gain of 35k to close at N12, while UAC Property gained 9k to close at N1.91 per share.

Union Bank of Nigeria added 5k to close at N7, while Live Stock also increased by 5k to close at 60k per share.

“We are not jittery at all” SGF as Atiku heads to court

Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boos Mustapha, says President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress are not scared about Atiku Abubakar’s plans to challenge the result of Saturday’s presidential election.

APC had fielded Buhari, as the candidate of the party during the elections where he polled 15,191,847 votes to defeat Atiku, the flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) who got 11,262,978 votes.

At a world press conference held in Abuja yesterday, Atiku had formally rejected the outcome of the election, describing it as “the worst in Nigeria’s history” and the worst since his 30-year political experience.

However, Mustapha said there is nothing to worry about.

“We are not jittery at all because the process was open and transparent. It was a credible election and we will continue to savour the victory. In the process too, we will extend the hand of friendship for the purpose of nation building and reconciliation,” Boss, opined.

“Our electoral act and the constitution have both provided a window for whoever is dissatisfied with the process of election to seek redress. That is the path and we will encourage them to go along that path.”

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