National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress(APC) John Odigie-Oyegun has revealed a ploy by the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) to rig the Ekiti gubernatorial elections.
“It is unfortunate that under the guise of providing security, Ekiti State has been turned into a war zone. It has been over-run by armed security personnel with the intention of intimidating the opposition and the voters as well,” Oyegun said.
Expressing doubt over the ability of the Jonathan-led Federal Government to conduct a free, fair, credible and transparent election in Ekiti, Oyegun said the PDP is too desperate to capture Ekiti by every means.
He particularly criticised the alleged prevention of APC governors and supporters by security agencies from entering the state for the party’s rally on Thursday which according to him was a well orchestrated plan by the PDP to intimidate APC chieftains and swing the election in favour of the PDP candidate.
“Our electoral laws are clear that every polling unit should have one unarmed policeman and the military should have no role in the election. But in Ekiti, armed police and military personnel have been deployed in their numbers and the question we are asking is whose purpose are they going to serve?
“If the PDP were popular, they would not have any need to militarise Ekiti State. But despite what is happening, we are confident that we would capture Ekiti State. We have done our survey and we know that we would win,” Oyegun said.
The PDP is too desperate to capture Ekiti by every means and in view of this, we have deemed it fit to alert Nigerians to their antics.
The APC chieftain therefore called on the international partners to condemn the growing impunity by the ruling party and the government it controls at the centre.
Meanwhile, the PDP had yesterday denied APC’s accusations of turning Ekiti state to war zone.