The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has dismissed claims by the All Progressives Congress (APC) that it had plans to rig Wednesday’s governorship election in Edo state.
It said the Director General, Obaseki Campaign Organization, John Osakue claim’s was a “smokescreen designed to deceive Nigerians”.
The party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary Prince Dayo Adeyeye described the claims as “false, misleading and totally in keeping with the All Progressives Congress (APC) principle of propaganda over no substance.”
The statement said in part, “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.
The PDP said the APC planned 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, and by using the national security apparatus to rig the Election and intimidate voters.
The party said the APC-led Federal Government as part of its plan to rig the election has changed the Commissioner of Police in Edo State for an unprecedented third time in 3 weeks.
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