The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has faulted allegations by the All Progressives Congress (APC) that the party’s flag-bearer Atiku Abubakar, bought votes in the just concluded presidential primary.
In a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan on Monday, the PDP said the allegation is a defeatist approach that shows that the party and the Buhari Presidency are afraid of the Atiku candidacy.
“The claims by APC, of vote buying at our national convention are, therefore, not only false but completely unfounded and symptomatic of a party that has totally lost bearing and now engaged in rumour mongering.
“However, for us as a party, such allegation from the APC is not unexpected given that it had tried everything possible to scuttle our national convention and presidential primary but woefully failed, hence the desperation to engage in attempts to discredit the process that has been acclaimed as the best in our political history”.
The PDP also criticized the APC for its national convention in which President Buhari emerged as the sole candidate for the party’s presidential ticket.
It described the process as a charade, stressing there was never a contest.
“Unlike the APC that has an unpopular Presidential candidate, who has failed in governance, foisted on it without an election, the whole world watched with excitement as 12 aspirants contested the PDP Presidential primary, where delegates drawn from respected Nigerians across the country, freely voted for a candidate of their choice.
“To the amusement of Nigerians, the APC conducted a non-contested convention in which it declared President Buhari as “winner” with over 14 million fictitious votes.
“In their desperation, they forgot that “winning” as a word connotes contest.
“Strangely, the APC declared a candidate as having won when there was never a contest – a charade by a deceptive party with duplicitous leaders!,” The PDP said.
Furthermore, the PDP said the APC was suffering from a pre-defeat trauma.
It, therefore, cautioned the ruling party to “steer clear” and “get ready for issue-based campaigns ahead of the 2019 elections”.