The President of the Senate Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki has said the purported victory of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 23rd February presidential election will be short lived.
Saraki who stated this during the 85th National Executive Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at Abuja Wednesday also commended members of the party.
“Because it is hardly rare that after a presidential election that a party begins to build momentum, normally the party begins to disintegrate and loses. Even as of now before this by-election that are coming we can already see that we are better off whereas are now than before, he said.
He added that, “My own appeal to everybody is to say I think this victory that the other party has seen is going to be short lived. We have a great future ahead and I believe we will start that on Saturday to make sure that we defend those five states that are declared inconclusive
The Senate president added that, “If anybody believes that it is a loss to PDP, it is a loss to the country that history will not forgive. We said it many times here, that the worst to do is to do an election that as a country Nigeria will not be proud of.
“We have done an election that no doubt anybody and even those that think they have won are ashamed of the kind of election that we did. I think it is a shame to the country and to those that were given that responsibility to do. They have Saturday as their last opportunity to try as much as possible to reclaim part if their embarrassment to the country, how can a country like Nigeria has the speaker said, Ghana has done it, even Congo, even Zimbabwe have done elections, he added.
On his part, the Speaker House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara also cautioned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the security agencies to allow the will of the people prevail.
Dogara said “I want to use this opportunity to remind INEC that we should escape the trap of always getting Nigeria to be slanted as bad when they are looking for example of a bad precedent. Elections are done all over the world, elections are are conducted in Africa and at no time have we heard of this inconclusive elections in other jurisdiction. Ghana elections were held not long ago.
Dogara who also described the outcome of the elections as “pure evil”, added that, “For us as members of this party I don’t want us to despair, even though we have inconclusive elections in some states, five of those clear, absolutely clear that PDP won the election in those states. We will not despair, let us stand strong, let us face the rerun or supplementary elections as they called them. I sincerely belief that by the grace of God victory is ours and we will overcome.
The running mate to former vice president, Atiku Abubakar in the last presidential election, former governor of Anambara state, Peter Obi said all APC should be disturb on the process that brought them in.
He said, “As for me, while we blame the INEC and the security agencies, the biggest shame goes to those who are directing them to do the wrong thing. If you choose to be a leader, especially with APC that claims integrity, the biggest corruption and the biggest show of a government that does not believe in integrity is to rig election. Because the process through which you come into office, is far more fundamental than what you do there after.
Earlier in his speech, national chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus also called on the military not to allow themselves be called out again for an illegal duties.
Prince Secondus said that the rerun election this Saturday, the military and other security agencies should resist any attempt to be dragged into election manipulations.