By; Jacob Onjewu Dickson
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has queried the postponement of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja Area Council elections at the instance of a particular political party, saying that there is no valid reason for the shift, except that the PDP and its candidates are more popular and set to sweep the elections in the areas.
The PDP in a statement by the National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh on Wednesday, said it is aware that the postponement is part of the moves to deny the PDP of its imminent victory at the polls.
“Intelligence reports available to us indicate that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was instigated to shift the election merely because that particular political party realized that our candidates were going to sweep the polls.
“It is indeed incontrovertible that most Nigerians from all walks of life residing in Abuja are in support of the PDP and are ready to express this support overwhelmingly at the FCT elections. The shift, we know is a fallout of the panic and conspiracy against the PDP.
“We ask, is the postponement to allow a particular set of electoral and security officers being used in the Rivers state National and State Assembly rerun elections enough time to conclude that assignment and return to conduct the one in Abuja in two weeks time?
“Is the development a confirmation that these particular electoral and security officials are on special assignment against the PDP?
“Our take is that in spite of the conspiracies, the will of the people will prevail. All our members and supporters are fully mobilized and ready for the elections. It is obvious that we are winning; the people are with us and will not accept anything short of free, fair and credible elections which will be adequately represented in the results therein.