The Bamanga Tukur led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has berated the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) for “not being bold and sportsmanlike enough to accept its straight defeat in the Delta Central senatorial bye-election” won by PDP’s candidate, Chief Emmanuel Agwariavwodo.
The party also described the APC as “a party borne out of violence and religious extremism; a serial bad loser which always finds it difficult to accept that it does not have the support of Nigerians.”
The National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh in a statement said in protesting against an election where it lost woefully, the APC is merely “rehearsing its excuses ahead of the 2015 general election when it will suffer the ultimate humiliation from Nigerians.”
“For the avoidance of doubt, the Delta Central senatorial bye-election was free, fair and credible and the people freely gave their mandate to the PDP candidate, Chief Emmanuel Agwariavwodo.
“In protesting the outcome of an election where it did not get up to 10 percent of the total votes cast, the APC has shown that it remains a party borne out of violence, religious extremism and desperation; a party of bigots which fails to understand that it does not have the support of Nigerians hence its inability to win elections due to its undemocratic and do-or-die posture.
“The APC remains a serial bad loser which delights in overheating the polity, establishing fascism in the states under its control and refusing to be bold and sportsmanlike enough to accept clear defeats”, it said.
The statement urged the opposition party to learn from the nobility of the PDP, stating that the ruling party was always bold to accept defeat in states won by opposition parties in the past.
“The APC should learn from the PDP. We were sportsmanlike and noble to concede and accept defeat in Edo and Ondo states respectively. It must learn that in a democracy, the will of the people is supreme and must be accepted. It must begin to learn to bear the pain of defeat, especially as such fate awaits it in the 2015 general elections”.
The PDP thanked the people of Delta state for their support even as it assured that it will remain committed to the welfare of all Nigerians at all times.