The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, yesterday, said his party would stop killings, poverty and hunger in the country if it returned to the Presidency in 2019.
Secondus, who led members of his National Working Committee (NWC), to witness a mega rally in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State, to mark the 6th anniversary of Governor Seriake Dickson administration, said the brooms of the All Progressives Party (APC) brought killings and vengeance to the country.
The party chairman spoke at the Ox-Bow Lake Pavilion, Yenagoa, where party faithful and thousands of women, youths and elders in outfits with touch of red in the spirits of the Valentine, gathered to celebrate Dickson.
Former governors, former ministers, state chairmen of PDP led by Obong Paul Ekpo of Akwa Ibom State, members of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly led by their Speaker, Kombowei Benson, National Assembly members and traditional rulers were in attendance to honour Dickson and his Deputy, Rear Admiral John Jonah (retd).
Scores of APC stalwarts and their supporters defected to the PDP at the event, which witnessed various displays of Ijaw culture including boat regatta.
Secondus, who earlier inaugurated the pavilion, also reaffirmed his doubts over the possibility of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a free and fair election.
Describing INEC as the parastatal of the APC, Secondus , however, warned that any attempts to manipulate the elections in 2019 would be resisted by the people.
He said: “Starting from Bayelsa today, we are waiting for very prominent stakeholders of our nation to come over to the party that will rescue our nation from this challenge of difficulty, hunger, killings, poverty.
“Our country witnessed the era of brooms from 2015. This broom has brought us evil, vengeance, hunger, poverty, killings in our land. We will continue to receive these brooms and throw them into the ocean. Never again shall our people witnessed killings, poverty.
“We will rebrand, reposition our party and regain the lost ground. Bayelsa has laid the foundation for our teeming supporters. Just two days ago, we were at Abia State and we visited Abia. The governor’s of PDP are performing.
“They are the good example of nation-building. I believe that all the 11 governor’s of PDP are the best the country has today. And because they have performed, the entire nation can see that this is the party that can rescue this country.
“I believe that we will provide a platform, free and fair for all the processes of primaries and the general election. But our fear, is that will INEC play the game according to the provision of our constitution? Will they not rig election? Our fear is that INEC is getting ready because they are parastatals of APC to rig election.
“Let me warn that 2019, no party, whether you are in government, INEC or security, you cannot rig election. It is better for you to talk to the people to be reconnected to the people and ket the people come to vote.
“The vote of everyone will count in our nation. It is time for revival. It is time to come together to chase out this evil party called APC. It is only your voter cards that can restore this nation as Dickson has restored Bayelsa.
“Now the people of Bayelsa are happy, in 2019, the country will experience happiness and joy. The people are happy with governor Dickson. The governor has broken all the records in Bayelsa State. We have been told that very soon an international airport will open here. This is the first of its kind on Ijaw land” he said.