By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, has warned that the entire democratic process of the country may be endangered if there is any attempt to thwart the will of the people during the forthcoming governorship election in Ekiti state.
Secondus specifically said that there may be no general election in 2019 if the will of the people of Ekiti State is not respected at the July 14 governorship poll.
The PDP National Chairman speaking in Abuja the PDP Chairman equally called on the international community and all lovers of democracy to show more than passive interest in what is going on in Nigeria and watch as the nation’s democracy is being violated and ambushed.
According to Secondus, “let me warn that if there is any attempt to thwart the will of the people in Ekiti state, there may be no general election and the entire democratic process will be in endangered.”I recall drawing the attention of APC recently to the negative aspect of our history associated with trying to obstruct the will of the people as willingly expressed through the ballot box.
“I tried to let them know that Ekiti state shares in that history when the then second republic ruling National Party of Nigeria (NPN) attempted to use their federal controlled might to hijack power from the then Unity Party of Nigeria
(UPN) that was on ground in the old Ondo state for which Ekiti was part”, he said.
He pointed out that Ekiti state means so much the PDP “because of the strategic position it occupies in that geopolitical region and the fact that it’s a test run election ahead of Osun state governorship election in September and the general elections in less than one year from now”.
Continuing, he said, “Ordinarily, given the enviable achievements of our party in the state in the area of delivering democracy dividends to the people in the last three years under the leadership of our able irrepressible Chairman of PDP Governors Forum, Peter Ayodele Fayose, Ekiti should be a smooth contest for us, but intelligence available to the party shows that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is planning in their own words to “capture Ekiti at all cost”
Responding, the Chairman of the committee, Governor Udom Emmanuel stated that with the achievement so far recorded by the PDP Ekiti State, under Governor Ayodele Fayose, the party should not have problem in emerging victorious at the governorship poll.
The Governor added that with the quality of the members of the committee “we will deliver”, stressing that if APC is boasting of federal might in terms of money and security, the PDP has the masses of Ekiti State behind it.