Kamarudeen Ogundele, Ado Ekiti
A former Vice President, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku, has called on the All Progressives Congress to prepare to accept its defeat to the Peoples Democratic Party in the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti State.
He advised the party to be ready to follow the concession of defeat by the PDP in the 2015 presidential election.
The former Vice President, who was in Ekiti State with the members of the PDP Governorship Campaign Council on Monday, expressed satisfaction with the level of the preparation of his party for the upcoming governorship election.
He said, “We are satisfied that the PDP is prepared for this election. We hope that the APC will accept the outcome of the election. They should be democratic for the first time. We have seen how democratic they are, but for the first time in 2015 we had an opposition party taking over from the ruling party, we expect them to do the same.”
Answering questions from reporters, Governor Ayodele Fayose said that the only thing the opposition APC was hoping to do to win the election was rigging.
“They (PDP leaders) are here because they know that PDP has won this election. Everyone is on the same page with us. The only thing the APC is holding on to is to rig the election. We have told the Independent National Electoral Commission that this is a pointer to the 2019 elections. They should save their image.
“The country is bigger than all of us. Let me tell them that if rigging has been tried elsewhere, it won’t work here. The people will defend the election. We are aware of the plans to bring thugs here to disrupt the election; the people will stand up to them.
“The PDP leadership is in the state today (Monday) to strengthen our hands and assured us of their support. I want to say that this election is about the people for the people and it must be so. Ekiti election is not only about Nigeria, the whole world is watching.
“We are looking forward to having observers from all over the world because I am the voice they want to suppress. We are prepared for the election and we are going to win.”
On the entourage were the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu; a former Senate President, David Mark; a former Ogun State Governor, Gbenga Daniel; a former Kano State Governor, Ibrahim Shekarau, and Senator Eyinnaya Abaribe, among others. (Punch)