- The APC and the PDP continue to trade words ahead of the Osun governorship rerun
- The ruling party has accused the PDP of cloning of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs)
- The party also advised INEC to ensure that its voters register is not tampered with
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of planning to rig the Osun governorship rerun by cloning Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs).
The APC made the allegation in a statement sent to Legit.ng by its national publicity secretary, Yekini Nabena.
Nabena said the APC received the report from its field agents, describing it “as a sign of the desperation of the PDP to takeover Osun state by all illegal means.”
He also called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) “to urgently investigate the development and promptly arrest persons behind the cloning, while advising INEC “to ensure that its voters register is not tampered with.”
The statement further read: “Also, we call on INEC and security agencies to speak publicly on measures being taken to stop the ongoing vote buying by PDP agents which has become widespread in the state.
“We call for calm in the face of the already tense situation caused the PDP’s now public rigging plot. The Osun electorate must remain alert and resist any plot to subvert the people’s will and manipulate the rerun election.
“Commendably, the police already have in its custody a PDP stalwart who led other PDP leaders to buy up voters cards ahead of Thursday’s governorship rerun. There however remains much to be done to ensure the credibility of the forthcoming rerun election.”
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In a related development, the APC campaign council for the Osun governorship election has urged the party's members in the areas where the state's election rerun will be held on Thursday, September 27, to ignore the rantings of the PDP and turn out enmasse to vote for the ruling party.
In a statement released in Abuja by the chairman of its media committee, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the council said the threat by the PDP to challenge, in court, INEC's declaration of last Saturday's election as inconclusive is nothing but sheer bravado, saying the opposition party is afraid of losing the rerun.
It said the PDP may also have contrived the court threat as a way of distracting the APC and its members ahead of the rerun, calling that distraction strategy dead on arrival.
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