- The PDP in Ekiti state has accused the APC of planning to buy votes with the repatriated Abacha loot
- The allegation was made by the Ekiti state director of media and publicity of the Atiku/Obi Presidential Campaign Council, Lere Olayinka
- The APC, however, denied the allegation, describing it as cruel and irresponsible
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti state has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of planning to buy votes with the repatriated Abacha loot.
The allegation was made by the Ekiti state director of media and publicity of the Atiku/Obi Presidential Campaign Council, Lere Olayinka, in a statement sent to journalists on Monday, February 11.
According to him, the ruling party has perfected plans to use the recovered loot from the late Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha, to buy votes in the forthcoming polls, use security operatives to rig the elections and use officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to perpetrate electoral fraud.
He alleged that N112.5 billion had been appropriated to buy projected 15 million votes at N7,500 per vote.
His words: “While their plots are in two folds. They are forging ahead with their covert plot to compromise the INEC and rig the elections by getting the electoral commission to produce two sets of result sheets (Form EC8A) for some selected polling units across the country, they are also plotting massive vote-buying.”
Olayinka also alleged the APC led federal government has instructed the security operatives to provide cover for all APC stalwarts to be assigned with the responsibility of ascertaining voters compliance and making payments to voters who complied.
He urged Nigerians to reject vote buying, even as he tasked security agencies to maintain neutrality in the coming elections, remain non-partisan and not appendage of APC.
In a swift reaction the Ekiti state publicity secretary of APC, Ade Ajayi said PDP is known to be master in such illicit act of vote buying, compromising the electoral officials and using security agents for intimidation and harassment of electorates.
Ajayi stressed that APC as a party that believes in the principle and ethos of democracy would not engage in any electoral malfeasances that can undermine democratic consolidation in the country.
“The allegation is nothing but a ruse because PDP is a serial liar from time immemorial who is known to be polluting the political atmosphere with false information.
“It is the PDP that has been buying vote with looted funds. Atiku who is their presidential candidate gave each delegates at the party’s convention 1.8m before he emerged as the party presidential standard bearer. Is that not vote-buying.
“We are not interested in vote buying because what we have done in the last three and half years are enough to ensure our our victory and consequently PDP electoral fatality,” he said.
Meanwhile, a former deputy national publicity secretary of the APC, Comrade Timi Frank, has said that the Buhari-led administration and the ruling party are getting more desperate ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Comrade Frank made the comment in reaction to the arrest of former chairman of Skye Bank, Chief Tunde Ayeni, said to be an associate of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential candidate.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng on Friday, February 8, Comrade Frank said there is a plan to frame up other associates of Atiku, lamenting over what he called the victimisation of opposition figures by the APC administration.
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