From Esther Akaa, Lafia
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nasarawa State has urged the opposition Peoples Democratic party (PDP) to seek redress in the court of law if dissatisfied with the outcome of the governorship election in the state.
The Voice reports that there have been protests by some naked women and other groups after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the incumbent governor of the state, Abdullahi Sule winner of the governorship election.
A statement issued on Monday and signed by APC spokesman, Chief Douglas Otaru and made available to journalists in Lafia urged the PDP seek redress through the court rather than taking to the streets in nudity to protest the outcome the election.
According to the statement, the women were cajouled with peanuts to demonstrate the most expensive, immoral and blasphemous desecration of their bodies which supposedly should be the temple of their creator.
The statement read:”The All Progressives Congress (APC) Nasarawa State Chapter has maintained a noteworthy silence while she watched the disgusting melodrama of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) since after their loss at the recently concluded general elections which produced Governor Abdullahi A. Sule as the winner of the election.
“To us in the APC, the stage managed embarrassing carnival of nudity is a charade, show of shame and worthless debasement of our women who were cajoled with peanuts to demonstrate the most expensive, immoral and blasphemous desecration of their bodies which supposedly should be the temple of their Creator.
“Although we are not averse to protest in any form of civil pursuits, but such desperation as demonstrated by the PDP is uncultured and alien to any known democratic norms and processes and stands condemned in totality.
“We are not oblivious of the antics of the opposition aimed at scuttling the peace and security of the state that the Governor Sule-led administration has sustained over the years, further to that, we could see their desperate attempt to whip sentiments all in an attempt to discrediting the entire electoral process which has been adjudged as the most freest and fairest contest ever in the history of the country.
“Let it be known to the PDP that as losers of the election, if they are dissatisfied with the outcome, there are legitimate windows of opportunities available for them to seek redress. Taking to the streets in nudity to protest the outcome of an election is the most unfortunate, despicable, odious and unpatriotic act that should not be condoned in any civilised society.
“We have maintained this long golden silence in the APC owing to the fact that we have a duty to continue to maintain law and order, protect lives and properties of all across divides and therefore, shouldn’t be seen to joining frays on issues with the weeping child; PDP.
“As a matter of maturity, we have refrained from any counter action capable of causing breakdown of law and order, but where such Olive is taken for granted, we will be forced not to tolerate any form of harassment or intimidation of the citizens of the state by the opposition elements.This is in view of the fact that they do not posses the monopoly of protest.
“May we place on notice that the elections have come and gone, our focus as the governing party is to continue to deliver democratic goods, and to remain committed to fairness in our dealings to all manner of persons regardless of tribe, religion or political lineages.
“Never the less, we are using this medium to call on all well meaning citizens of the state to eschew hate, avoid any form of violence and maintain love for one another as we go about our normal businesses. Bear in mind that we are one indivisible people with lots of growth opportunities. It is only In peace and unity, that we shall triumph.”
It would be recalled that the INEC Returning Officer for the election, Professor Ishaya Tanko, said that the APC candidate and incumbent Governor of the state, Governor Sule scored a total of 347,209 votes to defeat his closest opponent PDP, David Ombugadu, who scored 283,016 votes.