The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted to the conduct of the governorship elections in Bayelsa and Kogi States, declaring that Nigerians have lost hope in the Prof. Mahmood Yakubu-led Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The party said the conduct and outcome of the November 16 governorship elections in the two states had destroyed the hope Nigerians had in democratic practice, adding that Nigerians and the entire world watched in horror as the All Progressives Congress (APC) trampled the nation’s democracy.
In a statement issued on Sunday evening, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, also said citizens agonised as the security forces allegedly aided armed hoodlums to invade polling centres, shot and killed innocent citizens.
He said: “It is distressing that under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration, votes no longer count. Power and governance no longer derive from the people but from violence, manipulations and the barrel of gun. Nigerians now ask; are we still in a democracy?
“With the outcome of the Kogi and Bayelsa governorship elections, Nigerians and the world have lost hope in our institutions of democracy and security system as presently constituted.
“They have completely lost hope in INEC under Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, which has shown itself to be a repressive tool in the hands of dictatorial forces.”
He, however, condoled with the families of those who were killed in Bayelsa and Kogi States, praying that God would grant the victims’ souls eternal rest.