Sunday, 4 January 2015

APC won’t recognise flawed polls, says Odigie-Oyegun

THE All Progressives Congress (APC) will congratulate President Goodluck Jonathan if he wins next month’s presidential election in a fee and fair contest.
But, the party will not agree, if results are manipulated, its National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, has said
The APC, he added, will not hesitate to form a parallel government, if the presidential election is rigged.
Odigie-Oyegun expressed the party’s position in a message to Nigerians at the weekend.
He congratulated Nigerians on the Christmas, Eid el Maulud and the New Year, but regretted that the people had bleak celebrations, because of the mismanagement of the economy.
He said:  ”As a party, we assure you that we will congratulate President Goodluck Jonathan and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) if our presidential election candidate and the party are defeated in free and  fair elections, and will not go to court.
“However, as a party, we wish to reiterate that  we will not hesitate to consider forming a parallel government, if the 2015 elections are rigged either by use of security agencies (police and military) to harass, intimidate and cajole voters or through the use of a compromised Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
”We are aware that it has been bleak celebrations for all of us because of the poor performance of the economy, litany of failed promises and general decay in governance in our dear country, including unpaid salaries – a result of the drop in the state and local government revenues.
“The drop in state and local government revenue is as a result of corruption in government, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and oil theft supervised by government. We ask all Nigerians toexercise fortitude because the change we seek is almost here.
“We wish to also remind you that the change we expect will be a consequence of your action. That action will be to vote massively for the APC in the next election to herald a new dawn and bid farewell to the failed leadership of the PDP.
“We ask you to collectively insist on free, fair and transparent  elections, because that is the only way to allow the wishes of the people to manifest.”
Source: The Nation 

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