PDP accuses APC of plan to rig Edo poll

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Alexander Okere, Benin

The Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic
Party on Sunday raised the alarm over an
allegation that the ruling All Progressives Congress
was prepared to rig next Wednesday’s
governorship election in the state.

The PDP, in a statement signed by its Publicity
Secretary, Chris Nehikhare, accused the APC of
allegedly planning to convey fake ballot papers to
some areas in the state on Monday and turn to
accuse and arrest PDP members for being in
possession of fake ballot papers.
But the ruling party dismissed the allegations.

According to the PDP statement, “Very credible
information reaching us says that Governor Adams
Oshiomhole and his APC have concluded
arrangements to get fake ballot papers on Monday
at Ibillo, in the Akoko Edo Local Government Area
of Edo-North, and then transport the fake ballot
papers to their areas of weakness.”
“Thereafter, they will pretend to expose the
perpetrators as PDP supporters. This ‘show’ would
become an excuse to crackdown on PDP foot
soldiers and undertake massive arrest of PDP
staunch supporters.
“To give credence to the ‘show’, they will plant
fake Permanent Voter Cards in the homes of our
people. At this juncture, we advise that everyone
must be vigilant and be on the alert till the election
is over.
“We are also reliably informed that the members of
the APC have been granted remote access to INEC
servers and INEC e-collation platforms.”
But the Edo State Resident Electoral Commissioner,
Sam Olumekun, denied the allegation, adding that
INEC servers were safe.
When contacted, the Publicity Secretary of the Edo
APC, Godwin Erhahon, described the allegations as
false, adding that the ruling party did not believe in
rigging.
Erhahon said, “The PDP should not think what it
used to do in its time will also be emulated by the
APC. We do not believe in rigging. No matter the
position, we are opposed to it.”

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