The Peoples Democratic Party says the former Deputy Senate President, Ibrahim Mantu’s confession that he rigged election for the People Democratic Party is his personal doing and not the party’s instruction.
National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a press statement issued on Sunday in Abuja said the party had never directed any of its members to rig election on its behalf at any point since its formation.
He said that the People Democratic Party has nothing to learn from Mantu as advised by the All Progressive Congress, as his participation in election malpractice was his own doing not the instruction of the party.
“The PDP has never directed or had any pact with him to rig election on its behalf. Never!
“Individuals run their elections on the platform of political parties once they emerge as candidates.
“In the PDP, candidates are issued with the party’s Code of Conduct containing the basic rules of electioneering engagements.
“There is nowhere in these rules of engagement where candidates or party members are directed to rig elections on behalf of the party.
“If any member’s conduct transgressed these basic rules of engagement, that individual did not act on behalf of the PDP, and as such the party cannot be vicariously held responsible.
“It will therefore be misplaced for anybody, including the APC, to surmise that Senator Mantu, in the said confession of rigging, acted on behalf of the PDP.