The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned in totality, the violence and bloodletting that characterized the Saturday, May 5th, All Progressives Congress (APC) ward congress in various parts of the country.
The party said that it is indeed worrisome that the electoral processes are still very much smudged by unnecessary resort to violence by contenders, even when there are available channels for the resolution of disagreements at various levels of engagement.
In a statement issued by the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP said it regrets the violence and callw on Nigerians, particularly political stakeholders, to concert efforts to make the national political and electioneering processes across board free of violence especially, as the nation approaches the 2019 general elections.
It said: “Our party values the life of every single Nigerian and we implore all contenders, including political parties, to eschew desperation for power, especially in the face of loss of popularity and public support due to performance issues.
” Nigeria belongs to all of us and we seek a peaceful environment where the citizens are free to vote for candidates of their choice at all levels, particularly the Presidency.
” As it were, majority of Nigerians have made up their minds where to go in the 2019 general elections and we urge all stakeholders, including political parties, contenders to offices and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to respect the of the people by playing by the rules and maintaining a peaceful atmosphere.
“The PDP sympathizes with the families of those who lost their lives in the violence and pray for speedy recovery for those who were injured. We also urge all Nigerians to continue in prayers and commitment to the unity and peace of our dear nation” the statement added.