The PDP on Saturday described as inciting, the condemnation of heavy security presence in Ekiti by the leadership of the APC.
The party`s National Publicity Secretary, Mr Olisa Metuh, stated this at a news conference on Saturday in Abuja.
He said that the utterances of APC`s leadership with regards to the deployment of security personnel to the state to ensure peace in its governorship election was unfair.
According to the PDP spokesman, the primary responsibility of President Goodluck Jonathan is to protect the lives and property of all Nigerians.
The deployment of security men to the state, he said, was to ensure this, in the interest of all.
“His primary assignment before being a member of the PDP is to provide and protect the citizens of this country and he cannot be intimidated in doing that,’’ Metuh said.
He explained that Jonathan had by the action, proven that he was committed to free, fair and credible elections across the country.
He said the deployment of security personnel was done in Edo, Ondo and Anambra where governorship elections had been held earlier.
“In all these state elections, PDP lost; meanwhile, the governor of Edo had cried out to the public that soldiers had invaded the state to rig the election for the PDP.
“But at the end of the day, the election appeared free and fair to him and PDP lost while he won.
“He came out on national television to commend the President, saying he is a statesman,’’ Metuh said.
Metuh said the utterance of APC leaders was capable of creating chaos and violence in Ekiti and the country at large.
The party spokesman, therefore, appealed to APC leadership to behave like a true opposition party and marshal out their points.
He explained that the PDP campaigned extensively and presented a credible candidate to the people of Ekiti.
He expressed optimism that the PDP candidate, Mr Ayodele Fayose, would emerge winner if the election was conducted in a free, fair and credible manner.
Metuh reiterated that the statement of APC `s new leadership was unbecoming of leaders and capable of heating up the polity.
He, however, commended the people of Ekiti for remaining calm, in spite of the attempt by the opposition to incite them against the Federal Government, INEC and security agencies.
He, however, commended the law enforcement agencies for their alertness, adding that the situation would have been worst without their presence.
Metuh criticised the NLC for allegedly taking side with the opposition party in commenting on the security situation in Ekiti.
“It is totally wrong for the president of the NLC to behave as if he is a member of an opposition party. He cannot make a statement and insult the President.
“We should have respect for institutions; he can disagree with the position of the president when it comes to issues that bordered on labour law and members of his organisation,’’ Metuh said.
He advised the labour leaders not to desecrate the Office of the President and his position should be held sacred.
Ekiti: I’ll Abide By PEople’s Verdict – Fayose (SOUTH WEST/TOP STORIES)
The governorship candidate of the PDP, Mr Ayo Fayose, on Saturday said he would accept the out come of the election “whichever way it goes.”
Fayose made the declaration after casting his vote at 2.10p.m.at Unit 001 Polling Unit, St. David Primary School, Afao-Ekiti, Irepodun/Ifelodun Local Government Area of the state.
“I have campaigned enough, I did all that was necessary in this election; I know my people love me…but I will leave my fate to God,” Fayose said.
Also speaking to NAN, the Bishop of Ekiti Diocese, Most Rev. Phillip Ajakaiye, urged voters in the state to sustain the peaceful conduct of the governorship election.
Ajakaiye, who was accredited at Ward 9, unit 8 in Ado-Ekiti , gave the advice in an interview with NAN on Saturday.
He said that he was amazed at the large turn out of voters for the exercise, saying the development would boost democracy.
The cleric, however, urged residents of the state to cooperate with security agents in order to ensure a violence-free exercise.
In Omuo-Ekiti, a PDP chieftain, Mr Daniel Dimeji, commended INEC for providing adequate arrangement which ensured a smooth accreditation exercise.
Dimeji, who spoke with NAN in Omuo Ekiti, expressed the hope that the entire exercise would be hitch-free.
He commended the security agencies for putting in place adequate security measures, saying there was no report of violence in the area.
Also commenting on the exercise, a member of the APC in Kota, Ekiti East LGA, Mr Tolani Abioye, said the exercise so far was smooth due to the adequate provision of materials and manpower.