Chris Steven, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governors under the aegis of PDP Governors’ Forum (PDPGF) have warned the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) that they would resist any attempt to take Rivers and Akwa-Ibom through the back door.
The governors have also rejected claims by certain groups that governorship elections did not hold in the two states in the last elections.
The PDP Governors’ Forum, in a statement by its Coordinator, Earl Osaro Onaiwu, called on the citizens of both states to protect their states from desperate political vultures, who do not mean well for them.
The Forum said that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which is the legally authorized agency that conducts elections has already said that after investigations that credible elections were held in Rivers state.
It said that the outcome of the Akwa Ibom governorship elections should not be a surprise to anyone as the last PDP governor performed tremendously well and that the people of the state had no reason to change course.
The governors lamented the abuse of freedom of speech by what it described as self acclaimed observer groups who made spurious allegations about the elections to please their sponsors.
It called on the security agencies to reign in on these groups as they were capable of disrupting the peace with their utterances.
The Forum also decried the boastings of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to take both Akwa Ibom and Rivers states through the electoral tribunal, noting that the only attraction for the APC is what they perceives as the premium revenues of the two states.
The governors declared that any attempt to take the states through the back door will be stiffly resisted by the PDP.