ABUJA: ON the eve of the Osun State governorship election, the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) dismissed allegations the opposition had uncovered plots by the PDP to rig the poll. National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), John Odigie- Oyegun, on Thursday claimed the party had unearthed such a scheme.
PDP, which is vying to take control of the state from its rival, described the allegation as an “infantile blackmail unbecoming of his office and status.” PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement said the allegations were “completely wild, baseless and mere fabrications” aimed at distracting PDP members and supporters and discourage them from fully participating in the election.
The party said the allegation was a ploy by the APC to make its members and supporters over-confident and divert attention to their own “sinister plan.” The party stated that there would be no room for rigging. “The process of accreditation, voting, counting of votes and declaration of results will be openly observed by the print, electronic and social media as well as local and international observers,” read the PDP statement.
Ut said one of the legacies of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration was free, fair and credible polls. “As such, there will in no way be compromised in Osun or any other election for that matter. For the APC, elections are only free and fair when they win and rigged when they lose.” The party called on its members and supporters to disregard the APC and come out enmasse to vote for its candidate, Iyiola Omisore, stressing that it remained focused on the election having worked hard to earn the confidence and support of the people of Osun State.
SOURCE: CAJ NEWS AGENCY