The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it is prepared for the February general election, observing that the support it enjoys among Nigerians from the ward to the national levels means that Nigerians are anxious to vote for Goodluck Jonathan and its other candidates.
Speaking on Monday through Olisa Metuh, its spokesman, the party described allegations by the All Progressives Congress (APC) that it was plotting to postpone the election as a tactic to divert attention from the findings of the Department of State Services (SSS) on how the opposition party devised a means of hacking into the data base of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), clone permanent voter cards and compromise the outcome of the election.
It said nothing could be more evident that the APC was not preparing to face the electorates than the unfounded allegations and use of propaganda in an effort to hoodwink Nigerians, even in the face of clear proof of culpability.
“The PDP is fully ready for the coming elections. Our leaders and members are working hard in all the nooks and crannies of the country, leveraging on our existing grassroots appeal, widespread political structures, a track record of performance and abiding affinity and loyalty to the people,” PDP said.
“We have very popular and acceptable hard working candidates, who the people are anxious to vote for. Our presidential standard bearer, President Goodluck Jonathan, with verifiable achievements and commitment to national unity, remains the candidate the beat.
“We have engaged on issue-based campaigns. We have effectively shown Nigerians that we can be trusted. Our amiable leader, President Jonathan has demonstrated strength of character, sincerity of purpose in his handling of state affairs and Nigerians are desirous to demonstrate their support for him come February 14.
“The PDP has successfully communicated its unique selling points and achievements to the electorates and a greater majority of Nigerians are now able to distinguish between facts and mere propaganda, which is the hallmark of the APC.
“Our advice to the APC is that instead of engaging in distortion of facts and propagating of lies and blackmail in an attempt to score cheap political point, they should explain to Nigerians their apparent involvement in efforts to undermine INEC records with a view to corrupt
the electoral process.”