- PDP said it will never engage in vote-buying to win election
- It claimed that it spent its resources on a democratic campaign during the buildup to the recently conducted Ekiti election
- The opposition party, however, accused the ruling APC of engaging in vote-buying
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Tuesday, July 17, claimed that no circumstance would push it to descend to vote-buying in any election no matter the machination of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In a statement by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP said it never bought any vote in the July 14, 2018 governorship election in Ekiti state, Daily Trust reports.
"Consequently, members of the APC who are going about media houses and claiming that their party bought votes in response to some parties that engaged in such practice are certainly not responding to the PDP.
"The PDP spent its resources and energy on a democratic campaign that preceded the Ekiti election and never set up kiosks for the 'see and buy' of votes as the APC unabashedly did.
"The PDP, however, vows that it will never allow the APC to get away with its crass abuse of democratic norms through which it suppressed the will of the Ekiti people and appropriated victory to itself in the governorship election."
"Moreover, the PDP restates its position that the Ekiti election marks the last time anybody or party will use any means whatsoever to manipulate it out at the polls, particularly in the forthcoming Osun governorship election and the 2019 general elections," the party stated.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the lawmaker representing Rivers South/East senatorial district, Senator Magnus Abe, advised political parties to ensure that their candidates interface properly with the people to gain high-level popularity.
Abe said this while reacting to the victory of the APC candidate, Kayode Fayemi, in the recent governorship election in Ekiti.
Senator Abe attributed Fayemi's victory to the popularity of the APC and its candidate in the state.
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