BY STANLEY AHUKANNA in Abakaliki•
There was a twist on Friday as the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to disqualify President Muhammadu Buhari from participating in the February 16th presidential election in the country for bringing foreign machineries to influence the upcoming general elections.
The PDP Chairman who spoke in Abakaliki, Ebonyi state capital during the PDP presidential rally held at Pa Ngele Oruta township stadium said, what was witnessed during President Buhari’s rally in Kano where government officials from other countries were imported by the President to influence the election was the worst ever happened in the country.
“Now, on behalf of our party, let me warn INEC that what we witnessed yesterday at Buhari’s rally in Kano is the worst we have seen in the history of our country, where machineries and Government officials like Governors and President of other countries came in their numbers from Chad and Niger Republic with money and machineries to influence elections in Nigeria. All the newspapers have reported it.
“Now, we ask, the INEC, the unbiased empires to disqualify Buhari for bringing machineries to influence elections in Nigeria. Secondus also warned INEC against rigging the election, saying, such attempt would be resisted.
“And we go further to say, if you rig this election, like in Ebonyi state can they rig you out? (The crowd in unison shouted, no! INEC, better be warned. You cannot rig this election. We have won this election.
“Everywhere we have been, we have attracted more crowd than APC. We have attracted youths and women and because Atiku believes in the youths and the women.
Atiku is your next president”, he told the crowd. He added: “for those watching from the television, Facebook, twitter, Instagram and other social media platforms, you now can see the face of entire Ebonyi people. That Ebonyi is totally PDP.
The presidential candidate of the PDP and former Vice president of the country, Atiku Abubakar, in his speech assured that his administration would end marginalisation of the state by the federal government if elected.
He thanked the people of the state for remaining in PDP and assured that PDP would remain appreciative of their steadfastness.
“Let me also say that the people of Ebonyi state has remained loyal to PDP and PDP has been loyal to Ebonyi. You know, all the facilities you enjoy in this state, from your schools to your hospitals to road to your wealth to your prosperity is all PDP.
“So, don’t be deceived for Ebonyi, there is no party like PDP and for PDP, there is no people like Ebonyi people.
“I want also use this opportunity to tell you that Ebonyi will not be marginalized by the federal government again.
Atiku said his election, as president would be the best time for the southeast since the inception of the country.
“And to the people of the Southeast, let me tell you, I don’t know what will happen in the future but from the inception of this country, this is your best time.
“Do you know why I said so, you have vice President who is southeaster and you have a wife of the president who is a southeaster; which means you have two over three.
“Therefore, this is your best opportunity. This is your best time. I appeal to you to come out in your record numbers and vote for PDP. You see, I have been in different states in the country but I have not seen such a mobilization. I commend your governor for this mobilization. Your Excellency, congratulations.
He commended the leadership strides of governor Umahi.
“Since the creation of this state, the greatest transformation has been undertaken by Governor David Umahi. I want to use this opportunity to commend him for his leadership, patriotism and sense of duty.
Earlier, governor Umahi commended the people of Ebonyi state for their love for PDP and their presidential candidate. He told Atiku and PDP leadership that Ebonyi remained PDP state.
“Let me thank Ebonyi people for their love for PDP and our presidential candidate. Let me assure our visitors especially the leadership of PDP at the national level that Ebonyi state is PDP and PDP is Ebonyi state.”
“We have never had another party in the state and PDP on the state has performed. If it is not the first in country, it must get 3rd position. So, I want to assure you that Ebonyi state will massively vote for PDP.
“Ebonyi state will vote for Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi”. Umahi added further: “let me tell the mischief makers. Those who doubt the authenticity of Ebonyi state as the headquarters of PDP in the country should go and deliver their states. They should leave us alone.
“This is the highest mobilization of PDP so far in the country. So, let it not be monkey de work, baboon de chop. We are PDP. Mischief-makers should go and deliver their states. Our state is intact and is intact for PDP”.
The rally was witnessed by a mammoth crowd of PDP supporters and support groups which prominent among them is the Friends of Atiku (FOA) in the state under the leadership of the member representing Onicha Ohaozara Ivo Federal Constituency in the national Assembly, Hon. Linus Abaa Okorie.