- PDP has berated APC over an alleged meeting between Godwin Obaseki and Mike Igini
- The APC accused Igini of planning to rig Edo elections in favour of PDP' governorship candidate, Godwin Obaseki
- The party, however, advised APC to apply the brakes in its utterances ahead of the poll
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted over an allegation that the Akwa Ibom state Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mike Igini, was planning to rig Edo elections in favour of its governorship candidate, Godwin Obaseki.
Daily Trust reports that the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) media campaign council, John Mayaki, accused Igini of receiving a bribe from the PDP to swing the polls in its favour.
Mayaki accused Igini, a former Edo REC of meeting with Governor Obaseki at his private residence in Benin to perfect the rigging plot.
Legit.ng gathered that the PDP in its reaction advised the APC to apply the brakes in what it termed ‘its all-out attacks on the nation’s critical democratic institutions’ such as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the judiciary.
The special adviser to Edo state governor on media and communication strategy, Crusoe Osagie, gave the advice in Benin City, the Edo state capital.
He said: “APC’s endless vilification of critical democratic institutions in the country must stop. Edo people are tired of waking up to torrents of APC’s attacks on these institutions on the pages of newspapers on a daily basis. If it is not INEC today, it will be the judiciary.
“In its latest attack on INEC, APC concocted a story that INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner, Mike Igini, met with Governor Godwin Obaseki in Benin City. Clearly, the APC is taking its frustration, resulting from its low public rating, on everyone and anyone that is not ready to do its bidding.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the national president of Arewa Youths Consultative Forum (AYCF), Alhaji Yerima Shettima, warned political actors in the state not to undermine the incoming Edo election.
It was reported that Shettima, who was reacting to the allegation levelled against Igini over the election, said Nigeria's democracy should not be assaulted.
Igini was accused of working with some political actors in Edo state with the intention of manipulating the forthcoming election.
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