National leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday alleged that the All Progressives Congress, APC, manipulated the outcome of the Borno Central senatorial bye-election held at the weekend.
Reacting to the outcome of the election, PDP enjoined its members and supporters to brace up to defend their votes during the Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections to forestall a replay of what happened last Saturday in Borno State.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, in a statement yesterday said the call has become necessary “following the continuous violation of electoral rules and intimidation of the opposition by the APC-led federal government, as manifested in the conduct of the Borno Central senatorial bye-election.”
The party said the bye-election falls short of all acceptable standards and was characterised by high-level manipulation by the APC, which used compromised electoral officers and security forces to muscle votes in its favour.
“We have repeatedly alerted Nigerians that our democracy is under threat in the hands of President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC government. Last Saturday’s Borno Central Senatorial bye-election where compromised electoral officials and security forces were brazenly used to intimidate the electorate and write votes for the APC has brought this to the fore.
“This barefaced rape on our democracy is completely unacceptable and must not be allowed to continue in the country.
“In the light of this, the national leadership of the PDP charges all our members and supporters across the country, especially in Kogi and Bayelsa States to be on alert ahead of the November 21 and December 5 governorship elections and use every lawful means as citizens of Nigeria to protect their votes and ensure that no one, no matter the force or manipulation, is allowed to subvert the will of the people.
“As a party that nurtured and sustained democracy and the unity of the country for 16 years, during which we strengthened the safety net of ‘one man, one vote’, we insist that the sanctity of the ballot box and the overall electoral process must be upheld at all levels and at all times.
“While we reject the processes associated with the conduct and outcome of the Borno Central Senatorial bye-election, we wish to state in the strongest possible terms that the PDP will never, by an means whatsoever, allow a replay of such heinous manipulation in the forthcoming governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States respectively.”

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