AFTER losing the presidency to the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has promised not to surrender its states to the opposition in gubernatorial elections slated for April 11. Governor Godswill Akpabio of Akwa Ibom and chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, made the vow on Wednesday, April 1, maintained that the party would not lose any of its states during governorship elections.
Speaking with State House correspondents after meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan along with other PDP governors, Akpabio commended Jonathan for sacrificing his political ambition for the sake of Nigeria. He commended Jonathan for his statesmanlike record in Africa by conceding victory to the opposition despite what he called glaring flaws which he claimed characterised the election like malfunctioning voter card readers and intimidation.
“I am sure the PDP as a party will react on matters connecting with the elections of March 28. But as governors we came to pay solidarity with our president and to commend him for being a statesman. Honestly, he has done something that no African leader has done in such a flawed exercise, with underage voters everywhere, with disparity between states, some using card readers, some failed card readers, some using manual and some states not using manual and some just taking ballot papers to government houses, particularly in certain parts of the country.
“Yes, very flawed exercise; yet he looked at it and said in spite of it all I want to ensure peace, unity and stability of the country, let me give an opportunity to the APC Presidential candidate to come in and then give his own to the country. That kind of sacrificial stand by a president can only come from a PDP president and that is why we are very proud of what has happened,” Akpabio said.
— Apr. 13, 2015 @ 01:00 GMT