Nigeria’s governing party, the All Progressives Congress, APC is calling on Security Agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission to urgently probe the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
The APC said this in reaction to a Press Statement by the PDP where the PDP said starting with the forthcoming Osun governorship election, it would contend with the APC, “head to head, means for means, scheme to scheme, shenanigas for shenanigas, in all ramifications and magnitude, to discomfit them in all coming elections in the country.”
In a Press Statement signed by the APC’s Acting National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Yekini Nabena, the APC said the PDP’s statement was worrisome because it coincided with the situation field report the APC received of the PDP cloning Permanent Voters Cards (PVC) for use in the forthcoming Osun governorship election.
The APC said that the PDP’s statement which shows a public plan to rig elections poses a threat to Nigeria’s democracy.
“Perhaps the PDP needs to be reminded that our democracy is maturing and its crude election rigging methods such as ballot box snatching (recently displayed during last weekend by-election in Kogi state), announcement of concocted election results and other anomalies are no longer acceptable in our elections.”
“We are confident that the good people of Osun will resist the PDP’s deployment to takeover Osun State by force. The people’s will; the people’s vote is supreme. It must be respected and defended. That is democratic, progressive and the right thing.”
“We conclude by reminding the PDP of new realities as succinctly captured by President Muhammadu Buhari, ‘…the old Nigeria is slowly but surely disappearing and a new era is rising…’. Unlike undemocratic practices under past administrations, elections under the APC administration are increasingly freer and fairer — a very significant feat in our march for lasting and representative democracy” the statement reads.