Bayelsa: PDP, APC Clash Over Oshiomhole’s Letter
The People’s Democratic Party, PDP and the All Progressives Congress, APC have clashed over the call for a fresh governorship poll in Bayelsa State by Adams Oshiomhole.
While the PDP said the APC ’s demand was irresponsible, the ruling party ( the APC ) stated the opposition party was being hypocritical.
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan advised INEC to throw the letter into a trash can, noting that the judgment of the Supreme Court, the APC had been disqualified from participating in any fresh election in the state even if it had been ordered by the apex court.
He noted that the Supreme Court in the judgment voided the participation of the APC in the November 16 governorship election.
He, therefore, wondered what the APC would gain by calling for a fresh election since according to him, it ( the APC ) could not participate in the fresh election.
The PDP spokesman added that the APC had lost the right to stand for any fresh election.
He, however, said that the PDP got the required constitutional votes and spread for its candidate, Diri, to be sworn in . He stated that INEC did the right thing and obeyed the Supreme Court by issuing a certificate of return to Diri.
He alleged that the APC and its national chairman were plotting to cause a crisis in the polity. He called on the President, Major-General Muhammadu Buhari ( retd ), to caution Oshiomhole.
He also reiterated the PDP’s call on the Inspector -General of Police, Mr Mohammed Adamu, to arrest Oshiomhole for allegedly making inciting utterances, which he said fueled the crisis in Bayelsa State before and after the inauguration of the governor.
The PDP spokesman warned Oshiomhole and the APC against trying to muzzle INEC.
Ologbondiyan said, “First and foremost , it smirks of illiteracy for the APC to say that the PDP did not meet the required spread or the number of votes for it to have been declared the winner of the election ”
He accused the APC and its leaders of trying to throw the country into a crisis by destroying the polity.
The PDP spokesman said, “If you look at Edo State, where their chairman comes from, the state is permanently in a crisis; houses are being burnt, people are being killed and that is what the leadership of the APC led by Oshiomhole wants to extend to the entire region of the south and the nation as well. We call on President Buhari to caution Oshiomhole or the IGP should arrest him as we have demanded and question him on why he wants to throw Nigeria into turmoil.
“It is irresponsible of the APC to have written such a letter even when they know that even if a rerun had been ordered by the Supreme Court, they would not participate in that election. The letter is an irresponsible piece of letter that should be dropped into the trash can.”
“The APC are sore losers. They should find somewhere to sit, cover their faces and leak their wounds instead of asking for a fresh poll from INEC. Oshiomhole needs to understand that he does not command INEC and that the commission is not a parastatal or an agency under the APC.”
The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Yekini Nabena, while responding the PDP ’s criticism, said
“This is the same PDP that went to the European Union office and the embassies of western countries to protest when the Supreme Court ruled against them in the case of Imo. They went everywhere saying democracy was in danger.
“So, now, democracy is no longer in danger in the case of Bayelsa because they feel the judgment is what they want. Is this not hypocrisy? If they are sure of themselves, why are they afraid that we will win when the case is reviewed? They should face their problems and leave the APC alone.”