Nigeria’s governing political party, the All Progressives Congress APC says it is fully ready for the November 16 gubernatorial election in Bayelsa State.
Speaking to State House Correspondents after observing Friday’s congregational prayer at the Presidential Villa mosque, the Jigawa State Governor, Abubakar Badaru was optimistic that the party will win the election.
“We are very prepared for BAYELSA election and the stake is open for us to take,” the Governor who doubles as the Chairman of the APC campaign team for the forthcoming Bayelsa election stated.
On the allegation that the APC has recruited one thousand thugs to distort the election he said;
“I am not aware of that. I am chairing Bayelsa election I am not chairing that of Kogi, what I know, none of our members would go against the law. The Governor in Kogi is responsible for the security of the state and he has done well in terms of security, how can anyone cause him of employing thugs?”
When pressed further on the chances of APC in the forthcoming election, the Jigawa Governor said, “We have a very high chance, you have seen our rally, you have seen PDP rally, you have seen and heard of many big wigs going out of PDP and joining us. That is a clear indication that they are with us and that success is with us.”
On security arrangements for the election, Governor Badaru said, “I think that is Nigerian government issue. The government promised to provide security and I believe this question should be directed to the security agencies, mine as a party man, I supervise the election as the Governor appointed to look after the election.”
He advised the people of Bayelsa state, especially APC to be law abiding.
“I want them to remain peaceful, and do one man-one-vote, one -woman-one-vote and we know we will win. We will not tolerate any form of rigging or ballot box snatching and if it is done that way, APC will win with a landslide,” the Governor said.