PDP accuses APC of plan to compromise INEC, others on Rivers, A’Ibom, Delta polls
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, at a press conference in Abuja said: “It is worrisome that even in victory, the APC has remained desperate in the desire to be in total control of the polity by attempting to take over the states genuinely won by the PDP.”
He alleged that the APC was already arm-twisting the Judiciary to achieve its aim of taking over the states.
“As we speak, APC has resorted to instigating crisis, inciting the people while mobilising resources to arm-twist the Judiciary ostensibly to torpedo the will of the people in these states.
“In particular, our findings show that in Delta, Rivers and Akwa Ibom states, the APC machinery is working round the clock to ensure that it upturned the victory of the PDP and the mandate freely given to us by the people in these states.
“We are aware of the clandestine moves by the APC to procure and compromise some stakeholders in the elections, including INEC and security personnel to bear false witness and doctor electoral materials against the PDP at the tribunal.
“This is in addition to sponsoring negative publications in some section of the media, laced with false claims and distortion of election figures to suit their nefarious plans of swaying public opinion and the course of justice against our party in these states.
“We know that the main aim behind APC’s desperation to take over these three states is their belief that they are strategic to the PDP and that taking them away will further weaken and undermine our party and accelerate the quest for a one-party state in our country.”
Meanwhile, the PDP has vowed to protest the moves, saying: “We will not accept any attempt by anybody whatsoever, especially the APC, to manipulate the process and rob us of our clear victories in these states or any other state for that matter.
“The APC must not in anyway take our civility driven by patriotic zeal for peace, unity and harmony in the country for granted. We want to state categorically that our members across the country are able, willing and ready to defend our mandate in these states using all available instruments within the ambit of the law.