- PDP and APC have started washing their dirty linens in the sight of Nigerians
- This time, the topic of discussion is the frequent attacks on INEC offices
- While the PDP is accusing the APC of trying to hinder preparations for the 2023 polls, the latter is alleging that the former is plotting to destabilise the government through the trend
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The spate of attack on buildings belonging to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) by hoodlums in some parts of southeastern Nigeria is fuelling allegations in political circles.
Nigeria's topmost political parties, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC) are now accusing themselves of being behind the trend in a bid to achieve undue advantage during the 2023 polls, Daily Trust reports.
In a statement released by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP alleged that this is the work of the APC in order to hinder electoral processes in future polls.
Ologbodiyan said the ruling party, conscious of its abysmal failure since 2015, is trying to use violence to truncate the nation's democracy.
The opposition party, therefore, called on Nigerians to take note of the APC destructive plot which has national implications, Premium Times also reported.
“It is despicable that having realised that it has no place in the 2023 election, given its abysmal failure in governance, APC leaders are seeking to set our country ablaze and truncate our hard-earned democracy.
“The PDP invites Nigerians to note the failure of the APC and its leaders to forcefully condemn this clear assault on our frontline institution of democracy."
On its part, the ruling party, through Senator John James Akpanudoedehe, the secretary of the caretaker committee, accused the PDP of nursing undemocratic schemes through sponsored media attacks.
Akpanudoedehe claimed that the PDP has “shown its hands as sponsors behind the politically-motivated attacks on some of our public and democratic institutions in the country, all in a clearly desperate bid to destabilise this government.”
He went on to allege that what the opposition is doing against INEC is reminiscent of the server saga that trailed the 2019 presidential election.
Meanwhile, INEC had given a scary verdict concerning the 2023 general election.
This was disclosed by Festus Okoye, INEC’s spokesperson, during an interview with journalists.
He said as a result of the attack, many sensitive and non-sensitive materials, including generators and card readers, had been lost.