The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Prince Uche Secondus, said on Wednesday that the party would resist rigging in the 2019 general elections.
Secondus led other members of the National Working Committee and stakeholders of the party to Yenagoa, the Bayelsa State capital, for the grand rally of the sixth-year celebration of Governor Seriake Dickson government.
During the rally, the PDP chair also received many defectors from the All Progressives Congress and other political parties to the party.
Secondus warned the APC-led Federal Government, the Independent National Electoral Commission and the security agencies against rigging the 2019 elections, saying that the PDP would not allow that to happen.
He said, “We will ensure free and fair primaries and the general elections. But our fear is, will the INEC play the game according to the provisions of our constitution? Will they not rig elections? Our fear is that INEC is getting ready because it is a parastatal of the APC to rig elections.
“But let me warn that in 2019, no party, whether you are in government, whether you are INEC, whether you are security, you cannot rig elections. It is better for you to talk to the people, for you to be reconnected to the people and let the people come to vote. The vote of everyone must count in our nation.
“It is time for revival; it is time for us to come together as a party and as a people to chase out this evil party called the APC. Our people, by their votes, will chase them out. It is time for us to come together, from the North, from the South, from the East and from the West. It is only your voter card that can restore this nation.”
He urged the state chapters of the party not to bar anybody coming into the party, saying that the door had been opened for them (defectors).
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On his part, Governor Seriake Dickson, said Bayelsa State was the foundation of the PDP, noting that because of that, the other side in the last governorship election did everything to take Bayelsa by force. He said by the grace of God and the support of the people, they could not succeed.
Dickson said, “Today, we are standing here, no shaking, celebrating six years of the restoration government in Bayelsa State. We are here because political authority, after God belongs to the people.
“We are here celebrating the achievements of the restoration government because you voted us and have stood with us up until now. We are also using this Valentine Day because as you know, I am the only Valentine governor in the whole world. We are also using this Valentine Day to mark the renewal of love and solidarity and the rejuvenation of our state, our party and of our country.”