By G9ija

Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said it will not congratulate Governor Oluwarotimi Akeredolu of the All Progressives Congress (APC), who has been declared winner of last Saturday’s election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

PDP said the internal party mechanism that produced Akeredolu as APC’s candidate was “faulty”.

The Chairman of the APC National Caretaker Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni, had, during a media briefing in Abuja yesterday, called on the PDP to congratulate Akeredolu on his victory in the spirit of sportsmanship.

But the PDP, at a media briefing yesterday, described the call by Buni for recognition of Akeredolu’s victory as ludicrous and absurd.

PDP spokesman Kola Ologbondiyan alleged: “Nigerians already know that the emergence of Governor Buni in the national leadership of his party is a subject of litigation and as such his nomination of any candidate for the election is seen, even among his party members, as a nullity until the court says otherwise.

“It will, therefore, be pathetic for Governor Buni to attempt to use the PDP to build something on the nothingness of his position in his party. The PDP is too structured as a party to be used by anybody, under any guise, in that regard.

“Perhaps, Governor Buni is not aware that information available in the public space and to the PDP, showed that a very top-level management official of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), through a Northwest governor elected on the platform of the APC, diverted huge amount of money, in dollars, from our nation’s oil resources to fund vote buying in the Ondo election.

“Instead of begging the PDP for congratulatory message, Governor Buni should rather speak about this disturbing stealing of oil money to fund his party’s vote buying at the expense of Nigerians who are bearing the brunt of increase in the pump price of fuel and corruption in the oil sector under the APC.”

While stating that it will make its official position on the Ondo election known in due course, the PDP urged President Muhammadu Buhari to take steps to accelerate the amendment of the Electoral Act, which was stalled following his failure to sign the amended Act by the National Assembly in 2019.