- Thirty-eight days to the Osun state governorship election, the ruling APC has leveled some alleagtions against the opposition PDP
- APC says PDP is planning to scuttle the forthcoming gubernatorial election
- The ruling party also alleges that the PDP cloned some permanent voters' cards in the state
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of planning to scuttle the September 22 gubernatorial election in Osun state.
Vanguard reports that the ruling party, which also alleged that the PDP cloned some permanent voters' cards in the state, urged security agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to probe the opposition party.
NAIJ.com gathers that the allegation was made in Abuja on Wednesday, August 15, by the acting national publicity secretary of the APC, Yekini Nabena.
He 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.
“The PDP’s now public rigging plan is a red flag that requires 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."
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the national chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiohmole, described the forthcoming Osun state governorship election as a walk-over for the party, saying APC was confident to emerge victorious.
Oshiohmole told State House correspondents after a closed door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja, he said APC had no political challenges in Osun as the state governor, Rauf Aregbesola, was at home with the people.
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