AHEAD of the inauguration of
election tribunals, the Peoples
Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday
raised the alarm that the All
Progressives Congress, APC, is
plotting to use the tribunals to
upturn the election of some of its
The allegation is contained in
a communiqué issued at the end
of the inaugural meeting of PDP
National Working Committee,
NWC, and governors and
senators elected on the platform
of the party at the PDP national
secretariat, Abuja.
While making reference on how
PDP lost some South West states
to the opposition party as a result
of alleged connivance between
the opposition party and a high
ranking official of the Court of
Appeal, PDP warned that it will
resist any attempt to subvert the
mandate of the people through
the back door.
In the communiqué which was
read on behalf of the meeting
by Senator George Thompson
Sekibo “the meeting warns
the APC against planning to
use the Tribunals and Salamic
arrangements to truncate and
subvert the freely given mandate
by the people in the states and
“The meeting expressed deep
concerns at the plans by the APC
to make the country a one-party
state using crude and underhand
undemocratic practice and thus
reverse the gains of the PDP led
They frowned at what they
described as the “unprecedented
level of intimidation, harassment
and undue persecution of the
party members since the INEC
declaration of the APC candidate,
General Muhammadu Buhari”
as the winner of the presidential
While commending President
Goodluck Ebele Jonathan for
his statesmanly disposition in
the sustenance of democracy
and peace in the country, they
called on INEC to be forthright
and impartial in the handling of
the various elections pending in
Abia, Imo and Taraba states.
On the Ekiti crisis, the meeting
vehemently frowned at the
“shameless undemocratic ways
and means being displayed by
the outgoing APC lawmakers
in Ekiti state towards effecting
an unconstitutional change in
Meanwhile, the National
Executive Committee, NEC, of
the PDP is expected to meet on
It was gathered that top on the
agenda is a post-mortem of the
2015 election which PDP lost to
the opposition APC.