The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has ripped into President Muhammadu Buhari for congratulating APC’s Godwin Obaseki on winning the Edo state governorship election.
In a statement released on Friday by its spokesman Dayo Adeyeye, PDP said the President had a hand in the election.
The party condemned Buhari for refusing to congratulate Seriake Dickson when he won the Bayelsa State governorship election.
“His aides claimed then that the President was not in the business of congratulating election winners. Why the sudden change of heart now if we may ask? The only plausible explanation is that the President was eager to confer legitimacy on an otherwise badly flawed election in which his party acted like Shina Rambo, the notorious Armed Robber. Only that this time they were robbing the people of their votes,” PDP said.
PDP Buhari’s action belies his statement that he belongs to nobody but belongs to everybody. It said Mr. Buhari has shown where he belongs.
“We recall that President Jonathan dutifully never failed to congratulate opposition candidates who won elections during his tenure, including Adams Oshiomhole. That is what is expected of a statesman.
“We did not lose the gubernatorial election in Edo State. We can therefore not be described as ‘bad losers’ according to the APC State Chairman in Edo State, Anselm Ojezua. We were robbed by very shameless election riggers.
“We fully support the Edo Chapter of the PDP in the total rejection of the election results. We also fully endorse their determination to employ all legitimate means to reclaim their stolen mandate,” PDP said.