APC Staring Defeat In The Face, Resorts To Fake News Peddlers – PDP
The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Edo State says it has uncovered ploy by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to rig the September 19 governorship election.
The party also disclosed that it has reports on the governor’s plans to use the state’s liaison office as a front for illegal trade in permanent voters cards.
The Director-General of APC Campaign Council said, “They plan to manipulate the election process to their favour by rigging and presenting false voters. Under the guise of assisting intending voters with transportation, the governor has released the sum of ₦250m to the Edo Liaison Office, Abuja to induce voters living in Abuja and also buy the PVCs of those who will not be able to attend at ₦200,000 per PVC.
“In executing this ploy, the Abuja Liaison office has sent out notices to platforms of Edo Indigenes in Abuja, inviting them to come with their PVCs to the office from Friday 4th September to Friday 11th September, 2020.
“This practice is contrary to the Electoral Act and part of a clear template to rig the forth coming Edo State governorship elections. The APC is hereby calling on INEC and the relevant security agencies to investigate this desperate act by the Edo State Governor and his agents with a view of nipping it in the bud.”
Meanwhile, the party alleged that the training by Independent National Electoral Commission of volunteer officers currently going on in Esan South East where Mrs Magdalene Ohenhen, a Special Adviser to the Governor comes from has been compromised.
The APC further revealed that there were many people they discovered, who came to work for PDP from outside Edo State.
“One of our observers told us that she has interviewed some of them and they disclosed that they are from Kogi, Igbo land, Rivers, and some places across the River Niger opposite Illushi community. Some of them were paid to do so because they spoke the same language and had the same name, which would make it difficult to notice them. They are all there in the same hall with legally accredited officials and they are training on how to rig the election on the 19th September. We implore all true sons of Edo to stay vigilant and not allow any person from outside the state come and steal our mandate,” the APC said.
Reacting, PDP publicity secretary in the state, Chris Nehikhare said the allegations are baseless, saying “they are staring defeat in the face and have resorted to fake news propagation.”
Chris continues, “APC has turned into a one fake news per day party. They are staring defeat in the face and have resorted to fake news propagation.
” This allegations is baseless. APC is obviously exploring this option since we busted their Hope Uzodinma template. They are flying a kite and we will be vigilant to make sure their fake voters are not allowed into voting centres as they are the ones they want to use to cause trouble at the polling units.
“Their plans will fail. They cannot subvert the will of Edo people.”