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Smear campaigns and frivolous lawsuits will not stop Ighodalo’s victory – PDP

The Peoples Democratic Occasion (DPP) on Sunday expressed confidence that its candidate for the September 21, 2024 Edo State gubernatorial election, Asue Ighodalo, will emerge victorious with out problem regardless of all of the frivolous lawsuits and smear campaigns in opposition to him.

Debo Ologunagba, the PDP Nationwide Publicity Secretary, mentioned this in an announcement on Sunday following the ruling by the Federal Excessive Court docket in Abuja final week, which nullified the February 22 governorship election of the Edo PDP that noticed Ighodalo elected because the celebration’s flag bearer.

Justice Inyang Ekwo declared the primaries null and void, ruling in a case titled FHC/ABJ/CS/165/2024, difficult the exclusion of 378 delegates from the primaries.

The PDP has rejected the decision and vowed to attraction.

Ologunagba mentioned in an announcement on Sunday that makes an attempt to distract Ighodalo could be futile.

He mentioned: “The Peoples Democratic Occasion affirms that smear campaigns and frivolous lawsuits aimed toward distracting its candidate for the September 21, 2024 Edo State governorship election, Dr. Asue Ighodalo, are all futile makes an attempt as he’s the undisputed selection of nearly all of the individuals of Edo State.

“The PDP warns that it’s conscious of a well-oiled plot by sure self-centered and overtly bold people to orchestrate a sequence of coordinated smear campaigns in opposition to Dr. Asue Ighodalo, pissed off by his emergence as a candidate, his overwhelming reputation within the state and the truth that he’s already on observe for victory within the election.

“The celebration has been made conscious of the way through which these indignant and embittered people are circumventing the courts and are allegedly attempting to instigate sure judicial officers to acquire damaging rulings in opposition to our candidate.

“Our celebration has additionally realized that these unscrupulous parts have tried to compromise the media to publish fabrications in opposition to our candidate and marketing campaign.

“Our celebration has learnt from dependable sources that the intention of those individuals, who’ve been holding secret conferences at areas in Abuja and Benin Metropolis, is to create a disaster and derail the democratic course of resulting in the governorship election in Edo State.

“From the data obtainable, it seems that these politicians are behind the inaccurate information that our celebration’s governorship election in Edo State was declared null and void by the courtroom, when in reality the courtroom didn’t concern any order to that impact.

“These people have overtly boasted that they’ve the connections and capabilities to bypass the courts.

“Such shameless boasting is a direct assault on the sensibility and satisfaction of nearly all of the individuals of Edo State, in addition to on the establishments of democracy the place the need of nearly all of the individuals should prevail.

“Our celebration warns the judiciary, the media and the safety providers to be on guard in opposition to the antics and actions of those parts and to take measures to oppose their antics, which pose a transparent and current hazard to the survival of democracy in our nation.”

Ologunagba mentioned the PDP wouldn’t be deterred by the malpractices “of those failed people as a result of their plans in opposition to Dr. Asue Ighodalo and the individuals of Edo State have already come to naught as they’ve already been uncovered.”

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