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Rivers rerun poll: APC reversing Nigeria’s democratic gains, says PDP

By Wahab Akanji, Abuja

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), of reversing the gains recorded in the nation’s quest for democratic development through the actions and utterances of its chieftains.

In a statement it issued on Friday by its spokesman, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, PDP accused the ruling party of moving the country towards the path of dictatorship and that since May last since coming into power has been eroding the gains recorded since 1999.

“This open declaration of war on the people of Rivers State is only reaffirming our earlier position and fear that all the actions and ‘body language’ of the All Progressive Congress (APC) since it took over power in May, 2015 is gearing towards erasing democracy and installing full blown dictatorship in Nigeria.

“This is very sad and a complete reversal of all the democratic experience we have built and nurtured in Nigeria in the last 16 years. A political rally which normally should have been an opportunity to sell its Programme and manifesto was instead turned into a call for war and violence by the APC leaders.”

Adeyeye on behalf of the PDP, he concluded that “We therefore call on the Nigerian Police and other relevant security agencies to be alert to their responsibilities and ensure that the Elections on Saturday in Rivers State are not only free and fair but also very peaceful, orderly and without any violence.”

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