The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday declared that the All Progressives Congress (APC) and their unpopular governorship candidate “cannot score up 20 per cent of the votes” in the November 16 Kogi state governorship election.
In a statement made available to newsmen in Abuja by its National Publicity Secretary , Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, the Party stated that the APC would also fail to attain the statutory 25 per cent of the votes in two-thirds of local governments of Kogi state, as it cannot boast of genuine followership having failed to consolidate any foothold in the state.
“This is so because it is overwhelmingly evident that the PDP has the highest demography of members, supporters and volunteers in all the electoral units, wards and local governments, ready for the polls and not even the APC’s recourse to violence, blackmail, manipulations and rituals can sway the resolve of the people in Kogi state.
“Moreover, there is already a consensus that APC’s candidate; the anti-people Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi state is no match for PDP’s versatile Engr. Musa Wada’s popularity.
“For the people of Kogi state, the November 16 election is a determined march for freedom; for inevitable emancipation from the stranglehold of the repressive, vindictive, exploitative and corrupt APC administration.
“The Kogi election is a direct referendum against Governor Yahaya Bello whose administration has become synonymous with deprivation, poverty, violence and death, most times by suicides
“November 16 is a date Governor Yahaya Bello must keep with the millions he viciously deprived of their means of livelihood; a date with millions who have suffered untold hardship over unpaid salaries and pensions; a date with Kogi youths whose common patrimony he squandered in his reckless wasteful misgovernance; indeed, nothing will deliver Governor Bello from the crushing verdict of the ballot box.
“Our party, therefore, counsels Governor Bello to desist from his crude blackmails and resort to thuggery, as he would soon realise that he is now alone.
“The Party, therefore, counselled the APC to end its pipe-dream of winning in Kogi state as such is completely unattainable under the prevailing reality,” the statement read.