…Victory is well-deserved, says APC
Nigeria’s main opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed shock and disbelief over the judgment of the Supreme Court on the 2019 Kogi state governorship election.
But the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on its part said the victory of Yahaya Bello was well-deserved.
The PDP said though it has accepted the verdict of the Supreme Court, as the apex court in the land, the judgment fell short of the expectations of the majority of the people of Kogi state and Nigerians in general, who collectively looked up to the court to remedy the manifest injustices, manipulations, violence and killings that marred the election.
A statement Monday evening by the PDP, signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan and sent to ALSC said the judgment had not inspired hope in Nigeria’s quest to ensure that elections are violent-free as well as deter unpatriotic individuals who resort to violence and killing to gain access to power, as heavily witnessed in the Kogi election.
The statement reads in part,- “However, as a law-abiding party, we call on the people of Kogi state and Nigerians at large, to remain calm, yet undeterred in their quest for the entrenchment of credible electoral process in our country.
“Our party deeply mourns all those who were gruesomely murdered as well as commiserates with all victims of the violence that was unleashed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November 2019 Kogi governorship election.
“The PDP also commends the resilience of the people of Kogi state in pursuing the recovery of their mandate to the very end. Such commitment is a demonstration of the undying determination of the people to defend their choice of leadership to the end.
“Our party will continue to stand with the people of Kogi state as they weather the insensitive and anti-people government in Kogi state.
“We charge the people not to allow the judgment make them lose hope in our nation but rather remain united in their commitment, as good citizens, toward entrenching democratic values in our country despite the odds,” it concluded.
However, Governor Bello’s party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has hailed the Supreme Court judgement on the election, saying it was a well-deserved victory for the incumbent governor.
The Chairman of the party in Kogi State, Abdullahi Bello also called on all opposition parties, including the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the Social Democratic Party (SDP), to join hands with the ruling APC in the state to move Kogi forward.
“Our doors are open and we are ready to involve everyone in moving the state forward to the next level of development and prosperity,” said the state APC chairman.