The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the residents of Lagos State to disregard what it described as the latest false alert by the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the state.
The National Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh, gave the charge in a statement made available, yesterday, in Abuja.
He also charged the Indepenbdenbt National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security forces to ensure that the elections are free, fair and credible across the states.
“Our attention has been drawn to a statement issued today by the APC against our party and President Goodluck Jonathan with regard to Saturday’s governorship and house of assembly elections in Lagos state.
“We totally condemn this unwarranted and unnecessary tension being created by the APC in Lagos state a day before the elections. The APC must desist from its propaganda, lies and false alarms especially bearing in mind that it did not win the presidential election on account of such. Nigerians are no longer in the mood for such politics as they have since moved ahead in celebration of the deepening of our democracy by the PDP-led administration.
“We call on Lagosians to disregard this latest false alert and come out enmasse on Saturday to exercise their constitutionally guaranteed right. In the same vein, we charge INEC and security forces to ensure that the elections are free, fair and credible not only in Lagos but also in other states of the federation,” Metuh said.
The PDP spokesman said the ruling party had successfully nurtured democracy in the last sixteen years with attendant benefits to the people.
His words: “Unfortunately, concerns are already heightening that the APC may not sustain this legacy given its disreputable disposition to national issues and ceaseless resort to propaganda and deceit.
“We are aware that the APC leader and President-elect, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari has gone to about 12 states meeting and campaigning for his party’s candidates and wonder why the APC should fret about President Goodluck Jonathan’s meeting with our candidates in Lagos.
“President Jonathan has with the 2015 general elections proven beyond all doubts that he is a true democrat committed to free, fair and credible elections, a fact for which he has continued to receive accolades from well-meaning Nigerians and the international community.”
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