PDP accuses APC of planning to rig election

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Governor Oshiomhole during the APC rally

The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
has supposed that the ruling All Progressives
Congress (APC) is plotting to rig Edo governorship
election on September 28, Wednesday.

The party noted this in a statement unveiled by the
PDP’s spokesman Prince Dayo Adeyeye in Abuja.
Mr. Adeyeye listed four ways which the ruling
party is planning to rig the Edo polls despite
president.

These schemes include:
1. The distribution of fake results sheets to polling
units in different areas of the state;
2. The use of local government collation officers to
write fictitious results on real results sheets of
some local government areas;
3. The use of thugs brought into the state from
other states to harass and intimidate the citizens of
Edo state;
4. The use of security agencies to arrest, harass
and intimidate members and supporters of the
PDP; and to provide security cover for members of
the APC to execute their nefarious plots.
The statement reads in part:
“As final preparations are put in place for the Edo
state gubernatorial election which is slated to take
place tomorrow September 28, 2016, it has
become necessary to address a number of salient
issues.
“We are aware that President Muhammadu Buhari
has warned the INEC chairman in private to ensure
a free, fair and credible process in Edo state. We
are also aware that the president has also warned
the relevant security agencies to ensure a
preservation of the peace in the state during the
election.

“It is important to sound this note of warning again
to INEC and APC that the Edo people are united in
their determination to vehemently resist any
attempt to manipulate the electoral process. We
urge INEC to ensure that its staff abides by the
provisions of the Electoral Act 2010 (as Amended)
as well as its Electoral Manual & Guidelines.
“We urge the relevant stakeholders to allow the
Edo people to freely elect the Leader they desire
for the next four (4) years and to allow the will of
the people to prevail.”
The main electoral body has agreed to postpone
the Edo state governorship election by two weeks
due to security reasons.
The election which was scheduled to hold on
Saturday, September 10, was postponed following
a security meeting held in Benin, the Edo state
capital in the evening on September 8.
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