With the commencement of the governorship election in Edo State, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, says it has uncovered plots by the All Progressives Congress, APC, to rig the poll.
A statement by the party’s spokesman, Prince Dayo Adeyeye alleged that the APC, in an attempt to manipulate results of the poll, has connived with some staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, by writing fake results for nine Local Government Areas in the state.
According to Adeyeye,“We have become aware that senior members of the All Progressives’ Congress (APC), in collusion with certain staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) have started writing fake & fictitious results as part of their plan to manipulate the Edo State gubernatorial elections which takes place today.
“We are aware that these APC members are working in collusion with Mrs. Amina Zakari, an INEC national official; Mrs. Imoudu Sule, Edo State INEC PRO; the Delta State REC; and the national Deputy Director of Operations.
“We are also aware that these officials have distributed millions of Naira to the Local Government Electoral Officers to get them to write false & fictitious results in favour of APC even before votes are cast.
“It is necessary to warn the Nigerian public that our party will resist any attempts by the ruling party to subvert the will of the people by any engagement in the substitution of electoral materials.
“We urge all well meaning Nigerians to counsel INEC and the ruling party to refrain from acting in a manner that may lead to the breakdown of law and order.
“May God bless Edo State. May God bless Nigeria.”
It will be recalled that the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, had on Sunday accused both the APC and the PDP of perfecting plans to rig today’s governorship election .