- As the Osun governorship rerun election draws near, there are apprehensions as to how the entire process will go off
- The APC in the state has alleged that it received reports that the PDP is cloning PVCs in a bid to manipulate the polls
- Consequently, the ruling party warned electorate in the state to resist any plot to subvert their will during the polls
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged Osun electorate to remain alert and to resist any plot to subvert their will and manipulate the state`s governorship re-run election fixed for Thursday, September 27.
Yekini Nabena, APC's national publicity secretary, made the call in a statement on Tuesday in Abuja, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
He said the APC had received fresh reports from its field agents on the ongoing cloning of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) agents ahead of the re-run election.
"We view this development as bizarre and a sign of the desperation of the PDP to take over Osun State by all illegal means.
“While we call on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to urgently investigate the development and promptly arrest persons behind the cloning, we strongly advise it to ensure that its voters register is not tampered with.
"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 re-run. There, however, remains much to be done to ensure the credibility of the forthcoming governorship re-run election.
“The Osun electorate must remain alert and resist any plot to subvert the people’s will and manipulate the re-run election,” he said.
The APC spokesman also called on INEC and security agencies to speak publicly on measures being taken to stop the ongoing vote buying by PDP agents, which had become widespread in Osun.
He, however, called for calm in the face of the already tense situation, which according to him, is caused the PDP’s public rigging plot.
NAN reports that the APC had earlier called on INEC and security agencies to wake up to their responsibilities by stopping vote-buying ahead of the Osun governorship re-run election.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that the Social Democratic Party (SDP) candidate in the September 22 governorship election in Osun state, Chief Iyiola Omisore, had agreed to work with the APC in the rerun election scheduled for Thursday, September 27.
Legit.ng gathered that the deal was sealed after a meeting between Chief Omisore and an APC powerful delegation team led by its national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, in Osogbo early Wednesday, September 26.
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