Romanus Ugwu, Abuja
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of perfecting plans to rig the Osun State governorship re-run election with buying of voters cards and cloning the Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs).
The statement signed by the acting National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Yekini Nabena, described the development as bizarre and a sign of the desperation by the PDP to takeover Osun State by all illegal means.
The APC further commended the security agents for arresting the development with taking into custody PDP stalwart who spearheaded the buying of the PVCs.
“As a follow-up to our earlier statements on the PDP plans to rig Thursday’s Osun State governorship rerun election, the APC has received fresh reports from our field agents on the ongoing cloning of PVCs by PDP agents.
“We view this development as bizarre and a sign of the desperation of the PDP to takeover Osun State by all illegal means.
“While we call on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to urgently investigate the development and promptly arrest persons behind the cloning, we strongly advise INEC to ensure that its voters register is not tampered with.
“Also, we call on INEC and security agencies to speak publicly on measures being taken to stop the ongoing vote buying by PDP agents which has become widespread in the State.
“We call for calm in the face of the already tense situation caused by the PDP’s now public rigging plot.
“The Osun electorate must remain alert and resist any plot to subvert the people’s will and manipulate the rerun election.
“Commendably, the police already have in its custody a PDP stalwart who led other PDP leaders to buy up voters cards ahead of Thursday’s governorship rerun.
“There, however remains much to be done to ensure the credibility of the forthcoming rerun election,” the statement read.