The ruling Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) has flayed the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) for “not being bold and sportsmanlike enough to accept its straight defeat in the Delta Central senatorial by-election.”
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on Sunday declared the PDP candidate, Chief Emmanuel Aguariavwodo, winner of the by-election with 263, 024 votes to defeat his closest rivals, Olorogun Otega Emerhor of the APC with 29,075 votes and Ede Dafinone of the Democratic Peoples’ Party, DPP, 29055 votes.
The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Chief Olisa Metuh in a statement yesterday, described the APC as “a party borne out of violence and religious extremism; a serial bad loser which always finds it difficult to accept that it does not have the support of Nigerians.”
Earlier, the APC, through its interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed accused the PDP of using security agents and party thugs to intimidate voters. The opposition party also alleged that the PDP used trailers and trucks to block roads leading to areas considered as APC strongholds, thereby, delaying the delivery of election materials to voters there.
But Metuh said APC’s protest against an election it lost woefully was an indication that the party is merely “rehearsing its excuses ahead of the 2015 general election when it will suffer the ultimate humiliation from Nigerians.”
The PDP said the Delta Central Senatorial by-election was credible adding that “The APC remains a serial bad loser which delights in overheating the polity, establishing fascism in the states under its control and refusing to be bold and sportsmanlike enough to accept clear defeats”.