- APC says it has credible reports that PDP planned to buy votes, import thugs and tarnish elections in Ondo and Edo
- The party accused Rivers governor Wike of being behind plans to cause violence
- Nabena, the party spokesperson, urged security agencies to stop the alleged plot by the PDP
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of planning to unleash mayhem and rigging during the oncoming Ondo and Edo elections.
The ruling party made the accusation in a statement signed by its deputy spokesperson, Yekini Nabena and sent to Legit.ng on Sunday, August 2.
APC said it had credible evidence that the head of PDP's campaign in Edo state, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers had perfected plans to import thugs and buy votes.
The party brushed aside a recent communique by PDP governors calling on President Muhammadu Buhari to ensure credible polls held in the two states.
"For a Party whose stock-in-trade remains cloning of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs), stealing card readers, voter intimidation, thuggery and vote-buying as witnessed during the 2019 General Elections, the PDP's call is dubious and a smokescreen for their real and sinister intentions," APC said.
It added: "There are already credible reports of Wike's plan to import thugs from neighbouring states to achieve their rigging plot. We reiterate that he will not succeed. We stand with the good people of Edo state in calling on our security services not to allow the PDP and Wike turn Edo state into a killing field."
APC also called on security agencies to ensure that PDP does not have its way in the alleged plans to rig and cause violence.
"Our security services must do everything to stop the PDP's plan to unleash violence, intimidate voters and buy votes during the election," the party said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported earlier that the APC has been accused of propagating lies and failing to tackle issues ahead of the Edo election in September.
The special adviser to the Edo state governor on media and communication strategy, Crusoe Osagie said this while denying media reports that there was a clash between Governor Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Comrade Philip Shaibu.
In a statement sent to journalists on Saturday, August 1, Osagie said the falsehood could only have emanated from the camp of the opposition APC.
The governor's spokesman accused the APC of having no substance in their campaign, adding that the opposition party is “only adept at spinning the rumour mill and concocting alternative facts to massage the egos of their paymasters.”
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