The ruling All Progressives Congress
APC has urged security agencies and the
Independent National Electoral Commission INEC
to probe the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for
allegedly planning to scuttle next month’s
governorship election in Osun state as well as
reportedly cloning some Permanent Voter Cards
PVCs.
Acting National Publicity Secretary of the APC,
Yekini Nabena who made the allegation
Wednesday in Abuja said; “The Peoples
Democratic Party PDP on Tuesday vowed to
deploy all ‘means, schemes, shenanigans in all
ramifications and magnitude’ to rig all coming
elections, starting from the Osun State
Governorship election. The party also ‘directed all
its presidential aspirants to move all their
political machinery into Osun state within this
period’.
“When the All Progressives Congress APC learnt
of the shocking disclosures, we initially doubted
its veracity and dismissed it as one of the fake
news in circulation, until further checks backed by
media reports confirmed the statement was
indeed issued by the PDP National Spokesman,
Kola Ologbondiyan”.
According to him, the PDP’s statement on
Tuesday is particularly worrisome “because it
coincided with the situation field report we
received of the PDP cloning Permanent Voters
Cards (PVC) for use in the Osun governorship
election.”
“The PDP’s now public rigging plans is a red flag
that require urgent probe by the Independent
National Electoral Commission INEC and relevant
security agencies. We also call on well-meaning
Nigerians and civil society organisations to speak
out and resist the PDP’s retrogressive plan which
threatens our democracy.
“Perhaps the PDP needs to be reminded that our
democracy is maturing and its crude election
rigging methods such as ballot box snatching
(recently displayed during last weekend by-
election in Kogi state), announcement of
concocted election results and other anomalies
are no longer acceptable in our elections.
“We are confident that the good people of Osun
will resist the PDP’s deployment to takeover
Osun 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.
“We conclude by reminding the PDP of new
realities as succinctly captured by President
Muhammadu Buhari, *‘…the old Nigeria is slowly
but surely disappearing and a new era is rising…*
Unlike undemocratic practices under past
administrations, elections under the APC
administration are increasingly freer and fairer —
a very significant feat in our march for lasting
and representative democracy”, APC added.

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