Abuja – The All Progressives Congress (APC) has lambasted rival Peoples Democratic Party for daring to suggest a postponement and even contemplating a boycott of the Supplementary Kogi West Senatorial Election fixed for November 30.
The election was declared inclusive after the rerun poll was marred by violence in many places as thugs run riot in the November 16 election in the state.
PDP and its candidate, Dino Melaye reported have mounted pressure on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to postpone the poll and cancel the election outrightly, citing a violation of the process.
But APC in a statement said “no level of propaganda and fake news can change the hard facts” that PDP is losing at the last election with a wide margin and must, therefore, finish the process it is poised to lose.
The statement by Lanre Issa-Onilu
National Publicity Secretary of the party said the APC is not fooled by antics of the PDP.
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“The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed November 30 for the Senatorial supplementary election in Kogi West district. The PDP has predictably gone to town with the usual lamentations on the forthcoming supplementary election. The PDP has even threatened to boycott the election. Who is fooling who?
“Nobody is fooled by the PDP’s statement boycotting the supplementary election. The All Progressives Congress (APC) will not drop its guard in our quest to get a clear majority of the remaining votes in the affected units.
Why should the supplementary election be cancelled as being demanded by the PDP? Is it because the PDP has already lost the election?
“As the wide margin of valid votes from the November 16 exercise show, it is clear that Dino Melaye and the PDP have lost the election. PDP’s doomsday will surely not be postponed a second time. Come November 30, the APC candidate, Senator Smart Adeyemi will reclaim his earlier stolen mandate”.
Giving justification why Melaye should not be returned by his constituents during the supplementary election, he said the Senator representing Kogi West senatorial district frustrated the 2019 budget.
“The business of the National Assembly is a serious one, equally meant for serious and patriotic-minded persons. The Kogi electorate have decidedly rejected individuals who sacrificed national interest to achieve their selfish political agenda.
“Nigerians will recall the lead roles Senator Dino Melaye played in frustrating the 2019 budget, legislative approval for INEC’s election budget, and executive interventions requiring Senate approvals. Commendably, those days are gone as the Nigerian electorate have thrown out the unpatriotic and sabotaging legislators. The National Assembly and the executive now enjoy a cordial relationship that ensures good governance and brings dividends to the people.
“We call on INEC and relevant security agencies to ensure that everything needed to make the November 30 senatorial supplementary election in Kogi transparent, free, credible and safe is put in place”.