- The Peoples Democratic Party has been accused of overheating the polity ahead of the 2019 general elections
- The opposition party is said to be overheating the polity with falsehood and its utterances at its electioneering campaigns
- The accusation was levelled against the opposition party by the ruling All Progressives Congress
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of overheating the polity with falsehood and its utterances at its electioneering campaigns ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu, the APC national publicity secretary, made the accusation in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, February 5, News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
Legit.ng notes that Issa-Onilu said: “As the 2019 general election fast approaches, the APC has watched with consternation how the PDP in the last couple of weeks has elevated falsehood and crying wolf into an ignoble art.
The APC spokesman said: “Nigerians have also watched in disbelief how the PDP without proof has consistently and vehemently pilloried state institutions performing various roles in the coming general elections.
“From security agencies to our election management body, the PDP has spared none in its barefaced lies."
He added that on a daily basis, the PDP had invented one lie after the other to discredit state institutions in the eyes of Nigerians and the international community.
He maintained that PDP’s ignoble actions were unhealthy for Nigeria's electoral processes and a threat to the country's maturing democracy.
Issa-Onilu added that the PDP’s game plan was to discredit the entire process before, during, and after the elections in order to make the final outcome a “nullity”.
He, however, said the PDP must understand that all registered political parties were equal stakeholders in the coming elections.
He stressed that the PDP’s tired narrative that the entire election process was skewed against it should therefore be seen for what it was: an admittance of its defeat.
Issa-Onilu said the era of sham elections were behind the country, adding that the records of credible elections conducted since the APC took over the country’s governance in 2015 were public knowledge.
This, he said, could be compared to selections, impositions and fraudulent elections which was the order of the day under the PDP.
He added that the APC would, however, continue in its progressive tradition by ensuring that elections are free, peaceful credible and that every vote counts while the wishes of the electorate prevail in all elections.
Issa-Onilu urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and other state institutions responsible for different election duties to remain firm and focused in the discharge of their legitimate roles.
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Peter Obi, said “only those who do not wish Nigeria well are still supporting the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)".
Obi made the comment on Tuesday, February 5, during a roadshow in Awka, Anambra, to create awareness among the people of the state concerning the February 16 election.
A massive crowd made up of traders, students, artisans and people from all walks of life turned up for the road show organised by the PDP.
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