Daily Metro News NG
The Ondo state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has fault claims by Rivers state Governor, Nyesom Wike of planning to rig the October 10, 2020 Ondo state election.
The Party in a statement issued by its Publicity Secretary, Alex Kalejaiye on Friday, said rigging was not part of their plans as that is the only language Wike understands during elections.
Reacting to the television broadcast of Wike in Port Harcourt on Thursday where He alleged that the APC was only planning to rig the Ondo guber poll, Kalejaiye said, “such a statement could only emanate from a man who never believed that elections could be won without crude intimidation, violence and rigging.”
APC also appeal to Gov. Wike and his team not to come Ondo state with a Do-or-Die mindset as the people of Ondo state are only preparing for elections not war.
The statement reads in full:
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State will continue to appeal to the people to renew the mandate given its candidate four years ago, considering the efforts of the APC-led government to reposition the State, rather than resort to rigging as alleged by the Rivers State Governor, Mr. Nyesom Wike.
Wike, in a Television program in Port Harcourt on Thursday, alleged that the APC in Ondo State has perfected plans to rig the governorship election.
Wike also said the recent gubernatorial election in Edo State “is the best I has ever seen”, although, he didn’t tell the world that the election was better than the one he claimed to have won in Rivers.
The State chapter is of the view that such a statement could only emanate from a man who never believed that elections could be won without crude intimidation, violence and rigging.
Decency in politics, and thoughts of transparent election are alien to the likes of Governor Nyesom Wike, due to their political background.
APC in Ondo State has no reason to contemplate rigging in a state where it has won the confidence of the people on account of performance and integrity.
For the benefits of Mr. Wike, we are banking on the popularity of our candidate, Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu, SAN, that of his running mate, Hon. Lucky Ayedatiwa, and the projects APC led government has initiated and executed in less than four years.
The APC has constructed bridges, roads, schools; set up industrial hub at Ore, activated Bitumen production. We have recorded unprecedented intervention in Agriculture, and currently pursuing, with an uncommon vigour, building a deep sea port in the Southern Senatorial district, to boost the economy of Ondo State.
The APC has presence in all the 18 local government areas, and therefore, not going into the election as a party with Senatorial base.
We appeal to Governor Wike and his team not to come to Ondo State with their do-or-die version of politics. We are going into an election, and not preparing for war.
State Publicity Secretary,
25th September, 2020