•Urges international media, observers not to be taken for a ride
The All Progressive Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council, on Monday described as illogical, the rejection of results of Saturday’s presidential election being announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), by the chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
The campaign council in a release signed by its Director of Strategic Communications, Festus Keyamo (SAN), asked the PDP to calm down and allow the process to reach a logical conclusion as the process of collation and announcement is on-going at present, urging the international media and observers not to allow PDP take them for a ride.
“We have just read with great consternation the press statement of the National Chairman of PDP rejecting the results as being announced presently by INEC in Abuja. The simple questions we ask the PDP and Atiku’s Campaign team are as follows: How come the PDP is rejecting results that have not been fully and completely announced? How can one reject the result of an uncompleted game? The process of an election does not end until the final collation and announcement of results.
“It has become imperative to issue this statement against the backdrop of the dangerous extent to which the main Opposition Party (PDP) is taking the machinations to discredit and destabilize the process that would lead to a logical completion of the February 23, 2019, Presidential Elections by way of announcement of results in line with the established procedure in the Electoral Law. Overall and from reports received in the Situation Room of the Election Planning and Monitoring Directorate of the All Progressives Congress from across our country, at this point it is safe to conclude that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has done a good job despite the challenges and the delays experienced in some cases. We wish to acknowledge and thank all the regional, continental and global observer groups that have acknowledged the peaceful, transparent process in their various preliminary reports issued earlier today.
“Is the PDP rejecting the totality of the results nationwide? If yes, does it mean they also reject the results that would be announced later by INEC which may indicate that they have won in certain areas? Are they also rejecting the results already announced that indicate they won in some areas? For instance, are they rejecting the results of the FCT already announced in which they won?
“If indeed they are only rejecting areas where they lost, are they implying that it is only in areas where they won that can be adjudged free and fair and all areas where they lost must be adjudged rigged? Is that the mentality of true democrats?,” the statement queried.
“The plethora of unconstitutional acts by the main opposition (PDP) and its sympathizers like urging a premature declaration of its candidate as winner and filling the social media space with fake results transcend all boundaries of descent conduct. We urge our international friends, observers and patriotic Nigerians not to be deceived. Very early in the build-up to the elections, the Peoples Democratic Party and its Presidential candidate embarked on a cynical plan to discredit INEC as a backup plan in the likely event of them losing the election.
APC described as curious the fact that the PDP is rejecting the results as being announced, yet they claim they are coasting to victory, asking, “What kind of logic is that? What kind of confusion is now reigning in the minds of the top hierarchy of the PDP that they can spew such illogicality? It is now obvious that the top hierarchy of the PDP is hysterical and nervous.
“We urge them to calm down. Obviously, this is the first time they are sensing a massive loss of an election as opposition party. It is a new experience for them. They are confused and disoriented. We advise the PDP that as opposition party for many years, we have been down this road before. This is not the time to sacrifice the country for personal ambition. Finally, we urge INEC, Nigerians and our international friends not to be swayed by these infantile antics of the PDP. The process of collation and announcement that is on-going should be done to its logical conclusion after which anyone who is aggrieved should take full advantage of the provisions of the law,” the campaign council stated.
The council further said that the act of the PDP is an assault on democracy and an affront to millions of Nigerians who trooped out to exercise their civic duty by voting in the elections, adding that “In spite of this unjustifiable and provocative stance, we are confident that the results by INEC are free and fair. Our elections have progressed over the years and we ask that the PDP do not derail us to the dark past with its childish antics. The announcements by INEC which has gotten underway will be concluded in due course.”