APC accuses PDP of plans to rig Osun governorship election
Nigeria’s ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC), Wednesday, alleged that opposition party, Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) is planning to deploy thugs to rig the forthcoming Osun governorship election.
The statement by APC’s spokesman, Yekini Nabena is a reaction to PDP’s vows to “dismantle” an alleged election rigging system used by the ruling party.
“The PDP on Tuesday vowed to deploy all means, schemes, shenanigans in all ramification and magnitude to rig all coming elections, starting from the Osun governorship election,” said Nabena.
However, the statement released by PDP on Tuesday stated that they will ‘discomfit’ APC ‘in all coming elections in the country’ following claims ‘that the APC is only interested in rigging elections brazenly‘.
Nonetheless, the APC spokesman said, “When the APC learnt of the shocking disclosures, we initially doubted its veracity and dismissed it as one of the fake news in circulation.”
Nabena further accused the PDP of cloning Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) and employing its presidential aspirants to deploy political machinery to rig the forthcoming Osun election
“The party also directed all its presidential aspirants to move all their political machinery into Osun State within this period.”
APC further stated that the PDP’s statement on Tuesday was particularly worrisome because it coincided with the situation field report the APC received on its plans for the Osun governorship election.
Nabena, therefore, called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and relevant security agencies to probe the opposition party.
The ruling party, however, expressed confidence that the people of Osun would resist the PDP’s deployment to take-over the state by force.
“The people’s will, the people’s vote is supreme, it must be respected and defended, that is democratic, progressive and the right thing, “Nabena said.
The Osun governorship election is slated for Sept. 22.