Party supporters dance carries a banner with picture of Nigerian President and Presidential candidate of the ruling People's Democratic Party Goodluck Jonathan during a rally in Lagos on January 8, 2015. Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan on Thurs ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Abuja - The People's Democratic Party (PDP) has said that its interest was to ensure that it wins the total number of votes cast in the entire nation in the March 28, Presidential election.
Olisa Metuh, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, stated this at a news conference on Monday in Abuja.
"We are not interested in the number of states won; it is not a requirement of the law.
"The requirement of the law is that, a party must win the total number of votes cast and 25 per cent of 2/ 3 of the country to be a winner.
"For us, we believe that what is important is that whoever becomes winner in this election, as stated by the laws of our country, must win the total number of votes cast.
"He must also satisfy the requirement of 25 per cent in 2/3 of the states of the federation," Metuh said.
He, however, said that PDP was happy that it was leading in the total vote cast in the results of the nine states, including the FCT, so far announced by INEC.
Metuh said that this was so because PDP had satisfied the requirements of 25 per cent according to the results released.
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He congratulated President Goodluck Jonathan for the victory so far and maintained that above all, the peace, unity and progress of the country were important.
Metuh called Nigerians to note that it was not the number of states won by a particular candidate that was important, but the total number of votes cast won across the federation.
The PDP spokesman commended Nigerians for voting PDP and President Jonathan given the results announced so far by INEC.
"If this pattern is continued, it will show that greater number of Nigerians love President Jonathan and his performance and are happy with PDP.
"We owe this to the performance of the President and the strength of our party in all the states of the federation."
He, however, added that PDP had directed its members to petition INEC on areas it perceived anomalies in the election.
He said that the decision of the party was because in any democracy, there were led down principles and procedures to address perceived wrongs and anomalies in an election.
Metuh said that PDP would not support or instigate the people to violence or engage in unlawful acts.
He, therefore, advised Nigerians to watch out for anyone that might want to engage in an illegal protest after the election results might have been fully announced by INEC.
"Tell that person to desist from illegal protest or to put his children in the fore front.
"The idea of calling on Nigerians to protest is deceitful, it is equivalent to democratic and political murder."