*says vote buying and rigging is worst form of corruption
By AUSTIN OWOICHO, Abuja
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus has alerted the nation that corrupt persons are mobilizing and ganging up to use their illicit wealth to install President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress, APC, come 2019.
Prince Secondus said that the APC has made itself a safe heaven for corrupt persons and they are converging there not only to get relief but to help install them come 2019 for more protection.
The National Chairman who spoke at the PDP National campaign office at Legacy House, Maitama during the inauguration of the party’s campaign council for Osun state Seteptmber 22, gubernatorial election said that the worst form of corruption is rigging of election and buying of votes which the APC is perpetuating in our polity.
According to a statement from his media office signed by Ike Abonyi, Prince Secondus warned that the PDP would not tolerate the charade that happened in Ekiti state in July to repeat itself in Osun state.
“Enough is enough, PDP will not tolerate Osun being rigged like Ekiti, we have a popular candidate and the performance of the APC ruling government has been awful with months of salaries owned to workers.
“We are aware that the electoral commission that is supposed to operate as an unbiased umpire in the conduct of elections has suddenly made itself a parastatal of the federal government, conniving with APC and security agencies to exchange results.
“Even security agencies whose allegiance should be to the constitution and people of Nigeria have allowed itself to behave as if they are operatives of the ruling APC.
“We decided to set up this high powered committee to demonstrate the importance we attach to this election, all our Presidential aspirants and some state governors are members plus all other critical stakeholders from South West and other parts of the country.
The National Chairman implored lovers of democracy globally to show more than passing interest in the Osun state election because the APC is not disposed to conducting free and fair election.
In his remark, the Chairman of the 85 member all powerful committee, the Senate President and a Presidential aspirant, Senator Bukola Saraki charged Buhari to stand on the commitment he made recently to two World leaders who visited the country that he would conduct a free, fair and credible election and use Osun as example.
Senator Saraki said that aside the popularity of the PDP candidate in Osun state the people are yearning for change to return their state to the PDP.