By Steve Oni, Ilorin
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kwara state on Tuesday said it will win the 2019 elections in the state with ease.
The party said this is possible because the PDP under the leadership of the Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki has over the years established a strong bond with the people of the state and its assured of their continued support and loyalty.
The PDP was reacting to a purported order by President Muhammadu Buhari asking stakeholders of the All Progressives Congress who visited him on Mondays in Abuja, to defeat the PDP and dislodge the Senate President,Dr Bukola Saraki in next year’s general election.
The party in a statement by its state publicity secretary, Tunde Ashaolu told President Buhari the APC to prepare to accept the imminent defeat that await the party in the 2019 governorship election.
It described the directive given the APC by President Buhari to take over the mantle of leadership in the state as dream and exercise in futility.
The party noted that President Buhari should be more worried about the killings going on in different parts of the country and other pressing issues confronting the nation rather than get fixated on the tall dream of APC taking over power in Kwara state.
“As a responsible and compassionate party, we enjoin the APC-led government to urgently address the insecurity in the country rather dissipating its energy to cause unrest in a peaceful state like Kwara. The senseless killings in Kaduna, Plateau, Benue, Borno and in other parts of the country are unacceptable and must stop immediately.
“The marching orders by the president to the APC stakeholders to take over Kwara is a reflection of the party’s desperation to take control of Kwara at all cost and put the State in captivity of the Lagos and Abuja cabals.
“Also, we hope that the much publicised photo session the aggrieved Kwara APC governorship aspirants had with the President yesterday ( Monday)at the Aso Villa will help in stopping the unrest and mayhem unleashed on the peace-loving people of Kwara State by these desperate politicians since the party primaries held.
“As a party, we are confident that with the support of the good people of Kwara State and on the basis of a free, fair and credible election, PDP will emerge victorious in the governorship election and other elections in the State.
“We note that the only thing the APC is holding on to is to use the Federal Government might at its disposal to rig the election, like it did in Ekiti and Osun governorship elections.
“We are also aware of plans by the APC to import thugs to disrupt and manipulate the electoral process in Kwara. This was the same method the party employed during the supplementary governorship election in Osun state last month.
“However, we will never allow any form of rigging in Kwara state, and the good people of Kwara will stand to defend their votes.
“We also reiterate that the PDP under the leadership of the Senate President, Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki has over the years established a strong bond with the people of Kwara and is assured of their continued support and loyalty.”