Realizing He Would Suffer Defeat, el-Rufai Resulting To Propaganda – PDP

    Governor Nasir el-Rufai

    *says he should be held  responsible over electoral violence in Southern Kaduna

    By KATO P. LADAN, Kaduna

    The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed that with the realisation that he would suffer a humiliating defeat at the gubernatorial polls billed for March 2, Kaduna State Governor, Malam Nasir el-Rufai has resulted to propaganda in view of the defeat he is about to suffer.
    The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), expressed this in a statement signed by its  Kaduna State Publicity Secretary, Abraham Alberah Catoh, made available on Saturday.
    “He has deployed his propaganda machinery in convincing Security Chiefs to put more boots on the ground to enable him rig the polls, having been convinced that he has been rejected by an overwhelming majority of the state indigenes. He is frightened at the glaring defeat that stares him on the face. 
    “Aware that the people whom he has despised and humiliated are not willing to vote for him, he is doing everything possible to rig the poll.  
    “El-Rufai has introduced religion into  the campaign,  but adherents of both religions in Southern Kaduna  and the entire State still insist  on merit as a basis for support and votes. 
    “The people of Kaduna State have resolved to vote PDP and no amount of intimidation, bullying or wrong labelling would change that,” it stated.
    PDP lamented that on January 29, 2019, the Nation newspaper’ carried a news story where Governor El-Rufai was quoted as saying some people in Southern Kaduna were bent in causing crisis  before or during the governorship election in the area.
    “The  Governor went ahead to say that he had met with the nation’s security chiefs who have promised him that more security personnel would be deployed to the southern axis of the state for the election.  

    “For the PDP in Kaduna State these provocative  words from the governor simply lend credenace to our belief that the governor is preparing to massively rig the coming elections with the help of security agencies.  
    “At every given opportunity,  the governor has not failed to consistently declare Zone 3 as a den of troublemakers. He has done this in the  vain hope that a lie told severally would become truth. Nasir el-Rufai also told this lie so as to have an alibi to compromise security personnel into helping him to swing votes for electoral victory  in Southern Kaduna.
    “The PDP  wishes to declare that Governor El-Rufai is the greatest purveyor of lies,  a religious bigot and advocate of  hate speeches ever seen in the history of  the state. 
    ” Both conventional and unconventional media are awash with several inciting statements that he made even before becoming the governor of Kaduna state. 
    ” Since May 29, 2015 when he assumed reigns  of power, he has brought nothing but disdain to zone 3.
    ” He has insulted the people,  unleashed a reign of intimidation on  traditional institutions,  sacked  people from work and  ensured that political dividends that come through appointments to Zone 3 are restricted to his cronies. 
    ” He has threatened to relocate tertiary schools away from  the Zone, apart from punitively shutting down schools and imposing a reckless,  punitive and malicious 24-hour curfew that has never been seen in the State. 
    “As the polls approaches, the governor has intensified his capacity of spreading falsehood in a bid to create an impression that Southern Kaduna is not safe.
    ” If indeed Southern Kaduna is not safe can he tell the Security chiefs how he has so far successfully campaigned in the Zone without molestation,  in contrast to the embarrassment he suffered in some Local Governments in the Northern part of the State like Birnin Gwari, Zaria and Sabon Gari? 
    “Why is he not talking of deploying troops there? Unless he wants to simply justify his long held belief that southern Kaduna is a PDP stronghold  that must be won through other means; by disenfranchisement of the voters of the Zone through the Security Agents,” it submitted.
    PDP said that while they promise  to firmly vote and guard their votes in every peaceful manner as prescribed by the relevant rules governing the elections,  they are putting the Federal Government and the international community on notice that Governor el-Rufai should be held responsible for any breakdown of law and order before and during the elections. 
    “We are also calling on Security Personnel that shall be deployed for duties to ensure fairness by responsibly discharging their responsibilities without any form of bias. 
    “The Security Officials must be conscious of the fact that they are accountable to all Nigerians, and not just some power-hungry  politicians who are determined to throw the State into chaos in order to realise their inordinate ambitions. 
    “We remain  committed to free, fair and credible elections and urge all,  including the governor, to do the same,” it concluded.


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