Ahead of the September 28 governorship election in Edo State, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of plotting to use the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies to manipulate the election.
The National Caretaker Committee of the PDP, in a statement by its spokesman, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, pointed out that the statement credited to the Deputy Director General, Obaseki Campaign Organization, John Osakue to the effect that PDP was working to rig the election was false, misleading and totally in keeping with the APC principle of propaganda over no substance.
The statement noted that the redeployment of the Commissioner of Police in the state was part of the agenda to rig the Edo guber polls, adding that APC’s plot includes colluding with INEC staff to access the commission’s remote servers to disrupt and manipulate the e-collation process.
PDP said: “It is common knowledge that the ruling APC controls the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as well as all the security agencies and has shown a willingness to use the apparatus of state to manipulate the electoral process.
“The record of poor and inconclusive elections since the inception of the current administration is an example of how far APC is willing to go to subvert the will of the people.
“It is also on record that we have since raised the alarm over the plans of the APC to manipulate the electoral process in Edo State by, collaborating with INEC staff to gain access to INEC remote servers to disrupt and manipulate the e-collation process.
“Ensuring card reader failure in PDP strongholds in the State; using the national security apparatus to rig the election and intimidate voters”.
It stressed that in furtherance of this agenda, the APC-led federal government has changed the Commissioner of Police in Edo State for an unprecedented 3rd time in 3 weeks.
The opposition party said that Mr. Osakue’s comments was a smokescreen designed to deceive Nigerians and were made to distract people from plans perfected by APC to rig the Election.
It added that the objective is to falsely curry sympathy from the Nigerian public while orchestrating and perpetrating their nefarious activities.
“We urge the Obaseki Campaign Organization as well as the APC to stop peddling the falsehood for which they have become renowned as the people of Edo State have made up their minds to reject them on Wednesday September 28, 2016”, the party said.
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP
Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.
He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.
The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.
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This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.
Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.
“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.
“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.
“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.
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He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.
Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.
He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.
The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.
He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.
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