The Director, Media and Publicity of the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation, PDPPCO, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, has responded to allegations by the All Progressives Congress that President Goodluck Jonathan was planning to rig today’s governorship election in Lagos State in favour of the PDP flag bearer, Mr. Jimi Agbaje.
According to Fani-Kayode, the APC was in panic mode “because it knows that Agbaje is going to win the election”.
The PDPPCO spokesman, in a statement issued on Friday in Abuja, said this was the first time in 16 years that the APC together with the opposition tendencies it represents was facing a formidable challenge from a governorship candidate of the PDP.
He said, “It is not true that the President has any rigging plan for Lagos and neither do we need any such plan because our party is strong there.
“The problem with the APC and why it makes such allegation is because the party believes that it owns Lagos State and all those that live there.
“The party is now in a state of panic because for the first time in 16 years it is facing a formidable challenge and the party knows that Agbaje is likely to win.
“The truth is that there was no secret meeting in which rigging was planned by the President and neither is it true that materials were smuggled in to rig election in Lagos State”.
He alleged that the only people that were interested in rigging were members of APC, warning however that such action would be resisted.
Fani-Kayode said the fact that Jonathan conceded defeat in the March 28 presidential election did not mean that the President and the PDP had lost their nerves.
He said, “Jonathan conceded defeat and congratulated the APC presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, though there were many question marks about the card readers, the role of the Independent National Electoral Commission and the so-called votes that APC allegedly won in Kano, Katsina, Jigawa, Kaduna states.
“The figures for the APC were inflated in those states while the votes that Jonathan scored were purposely suppressed and reduced in places like Abia and other parts of the South-East by INEC. This is the bitter truth even though many people are reluctant to admit it”.
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