The Ekiti State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party has faulted the All Progressives Congress for saying that it was used as a test by the Federal Government to ensure victory for its candidate in the June 21 governorship election in Ekiti State.
It said the statement credited to the state’s APC chairman, Jide Awe, that Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State retained his seat in the August 9 election because the PDP was unable to manipulate the poll like it did in Ekiti lacked logic.
In a statement by the state’s Publicity Secretary, Kola Oluwawole, in Ado-Ekiti on Sunday, the party said the APC had by the comment shown that it would never see anything good in other people not sharing the same political belief.
He said, “By now, we are sure that Nigerians, and even outsiders familiar with political developments in the country and who are not bought over by the propaganda machinery of the APC, would have seen the double speak and the double standards in the party.
“APC is only interested in destroying whatever does not favour it. How were they used as guinea pig in Ekiti? Let them explain to the whole world. The Ekiti June 21 election was adjudged credible, free and fair by local and international observers.”
The PDP spokesman added that the accusation by the APC that the Ekiti poll was militarised could not hold water.
He said, “This is what we are saying. In Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole, their man, lauded the presence of security agents during his election. He even went to thank President Goodluck Jonathan after he won saying the presence of military men dissuaded people from fomenting trouble.
“Let them come out to prove how security men helped the PDP in either Ekiti or Osun State. In Ekiti State, there was no reported case of violence on election day because security agents were around.
“We have it on good authority that APC leaders were saying that they could have disrupted the collation of results when they were getting feelers that they were losing in almost all polling units in Ekiti,” he said.