The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it will be the party to host President Muhammadu Buhari and the Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Muhammad Bello, in Abuja by winning all the area council polls this Saturday.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has scheduled to conduct election into the local area councils and wards within the FCT on Saturday, April 9 2016.
At a conference on Tuesday in Abuja, the South East PDP, Abuja urged all Igbos resident within the territory to ensure they cast their votes for all the candidates of the PDP since Abuja is traditionally PDP.
Barrister Chinelo Nnadi who is the Chairman of Abuja South East PDP specifically urged all Nigerians in the FCT to disregard any contrary statement from anybody with regards to voting the PDP in the polls.
“In the meetings we have had, all of us we decided to vote for the PDP. All our Chiefs meet and we have agreed to vote for the PDP. PDP is Igbo and Igbo is PDP,” she said.
She also denied allegations that Igbos in Abuja do not have voter’s card and insisted that as residents of the city, their entire life revolve around Abuja.
“We live and work here. We have our PVCs and also have the right to vote here and that is exactly what we are going to do.”
Giving reasons for such a decision, the group’s Vice-Chairman, Henry Ugbaja said that for the past months, the six area council secretariats in FCT have been under lock and key because salaries have not been paid.
“There are greater reasons to vote PDP, we have young and vibrant candidates who will take over in these area councils. If Mr President or the FCT minister is not comfortable with PDP hosting them in Abuja, they should relocate to an APC state. Abuja is traditionally PDP and we are proud of that,” Ugbaja boasted amidst applause from party loyalists.
Chief Mike Arinze, added Igbo elders of the party meet and decided that the entire Igbo community in the FCT will vote for the PDP in all the elections holding this Saturday.
“Anybody who has gone to press to say that the Igbo community in Abuja have decided to vote for a party which we don’t know is a liar, misfit and not a true son of Igbo land,” he said.
Hon Antonia Okoli, a former Vice-Chairman of Abuja Municipal Area Council, also voiced her support to the party’s decision.
She said “When we, the Igbo people says yes, it means yes. We don’t change and we are still PDP. Our people will come out, vote and wait to protect their votes.”