Election results: Don’t heat up polity with incendiary comments – APC warns PDP, LP camps

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The APC Presidential Campaign Council has warned the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Labour Party (LP) against heating up the polity with incendiary comments ahead of the announcement of the results of Saturday’s presidential election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Official Spokesperson of the APC campaign, Festus Keyamo said this in a statement on Sunday.

According to Keyamo, some opposition spokespersons “have threatened fire and brimstone if their own version of some concocted results are not announced in a bid to be the judge, jury and executioner in this elections”.

“Similarly, to rile up their supporters against the country, they play up some isolated incidents of violence in our strongholds, whereas we have tons of videos of massive electoral malpractices like violence against non-LP supporters, forcing and guiding women and children to thumb-print ballot papers for LP and massive thumb-printing of ballot papers by both PDP and LP supporters in some parts of the country.

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“In addition, in one breath one of the spokespersons of the PDP complained about a certain headline in a newspaper about early results, yet in condemning the newspaper, he also makes unfounded claims about the yet-to-be released results.

“On our part, we have decided to be calm to await the official announcement of the results and to pursue any grievance (if any) in a lawful manner.

“But we shall not sit back and allow such unguided comments to gain grounds in order to foist a particular narrative on our citizens and the international community.

“Recall that all parties signed the Peace Accord twice before the eyes of the world. Now is the time to abide by the terms of that accord and show love for country over and above personal ambitions,” Keyamo said.

He said that having campaign hard and strong and Nigerians made their choices on Saturday, the gladiators must wait to “hear the voices of Nigerians as the results are released and not our own voices”.

“The body officially designated to reflect the voices of Nigerians is the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). No Party can bully them by threats to do its own bidding. Neither will the APC be cowed into silence by these disgusting antics of the opposition parties.

“We call on the International Observers and friends of Nigeria not to be distracted, but to focus on the process as it unfolds,” Keyamo said.

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