- The ruling APC alleged that the opposition PDP has planned to rig the Osun state governorship election
- Yekini Nabena, the APC's national publicity secretary, said PDP has directed all its presidential aspirants to move all their political machinery into the state
- Nabena, however, called on well-meaning Nigerians and civil society organisations to speak out and resist the PDP’s retrogressive plan
Barely one month to the Osun state governorship election, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of planning to rig the September 22 election.
The Punch reports that Yekini Nabena, the APC's national publicity secretary, who made this know in a statement said the PDP exposed its plans in a statement it issued on Tuesday, August 14.
Nabena alleged that the PDP was prepared to deploy all “means, schemes, shenanigans in all ramification and magnitude to rig all coming elections, starting from the Osun state governorship election.”
According to Nabena, the PDP, in its statement, also “directed all its presidential aspirants to move all their political machinery into Osun state within this period.”
The APC said when it learnt of the “shocking disclosure,” it initially doubted its veracity and dismissed it as one of the fake news in circulation, until further checks, backed by media reports, confirmed that the statement was indeed issued by the PDP national spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan.
The APC spokesperson said, “PDP’s statement on Tuesday , August 14, is particularly worrisome, because it coincided with the situation field report we received of the PDP cloning Permanent Voters Cards for use in the Osun governorship election.
“The PDP’s now public rigging plans is a red flag that requires urgent probe by the Independent National Electoral Commission 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.”
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The APC statement further read: “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’s bye-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 take over 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.”
The APC reminded the PDP of new realities as “succinctly captured by President Muhammadu Buhari,” noting that “The old Nigeria is slowly but surely disappearing and a new era is rising.”
Nabena added: “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.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that the national chairman of APC, Adams Oshiohmole, described the forthcoming Osun state governorship election as a walk-over for the party, saying it is confident to emerge victorious.
Oshiohmole told state House correspondents after a closed door meeting with President Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja, that APC had no political challenges in Osun as the state governor, Rauf Aregbesola, was at home with the people.
According to him, Governor Aregbesola is a mobiliser, an organiser and an astute politician, capable of winning elections for the party in the state.
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