Ahead of the November 30 Kogi West senatorial supplementary election, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progresives Congress (APC) are already making war, with the PDP over the weekend, denying APC’s allegation that it made a call for the postponement or outright cancelation of the election.
APC had in a statement signed on Sunday by its spokesperson, Lanre Issa-Onilu, said it will not yield to the “PDP’s threat to boycott or cancel the supplementary election slated for November 30 by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).”
But the PDP in its reaction, said it has never issued any statement calling for the postponement or cancelation of the supplementary election between its Senatorial Candidate, Dino Melaye, and Smart Adeyemi of the APC.
A statement by the party’s spokeperson, Kola Ologbodiyan, said the allegation made by the APC is “absolute falsehood borne out of its fear of losing the seat to its candidate come November 30 as fixed by INEC.”
He added: “So they are so idle now that they speak for our party? The truth of the matter is, it is their (APC) wish that PDP will boycott the election but the people of Kogi West Senatorial District have insisted that PDP must participate in that election.”
The APC had alleged that the opposition party’s demand was fuled by inability to rig the intial November 16 process.
Issa-Onilu’s statement read: “The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has fixed November 30 for the Senatorial supplementary election in Kogi West district. The PDP has predictably gone to town with the usual lamentations on the forthcoming supplementary election. The PDP has even threatened to boycott the election. Who is fooling who?
“Nobody is fooled by the PDP’s statement boycotting the supplementary election. The All Progressives Congress (APC) will not drop its guard in our quest to get a clear majority of the remaining votes in the affected units.
“Why should the supplementary election be cancelled as being demanded by the PDP? Is it because the PDP has already lost the election?
“How many times does the PDP need to be reminded that APC has not and will not copy the PDP’s inglorious tactics of using state institutions, particularly INEC, the judiciary and security agencies to manipulate the electioneering process?” APC said.
But in the words of PDP spokesman, Ologbodiyan, “we believe they (APC) are afraid of the election because all the illegal security and the enforcers they used in the November 16 election are not going to be available to them.
“I guess they are scared, which is why they (APC) are indirectly calling for the postponement and making allegations that we are the one calling for postponement.
“There is no where we (PDP) is asking for postponement, they are afraid, which is why they are indirectly calling for postponement.”