By ABUBAKAR IBRAHIM, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described as plans to rig, the changing of three Commissioners of Police in Edo State by the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government.
The PDP in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye
said that the ruling party is also planning to ensure card reader failure in its bid to rig the polls.
“It is also on record that we have since raised the alarm over the plans of the APC to manipulate the electoral process in Edo State by: i. Collaborating with INEC staff to gain access to INEC remote servers to disrupt and manipulate the e-collation process;
ii. Ensuring card reader failure in PDP strongholds in the State,
iii. Using the national security apparatus to rig the Election and intimidate voters.
“Further to this agenda, the Federal Government has changed the Commissioner of Police in Edo State for an unprecedented 3rd time in 3 weeks,” the PDP said.
It explained that the party read the comments attributed to the Deputy Director General, Obaseki Campaign Organization, John Osakue to the effect that their party was working to rig the forthcoming Edo State Gubernatorial Election.
“This statement is false, misleading and totally in keeping with the All Progressives Congress (APC) principle of propaganda over no substance.
“It is common knowledge that the ruling APC controls the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as well as all the security agencies and has shown a willingness to use the apparatus of state to manipulate the electoral process,” it added.
The statement added that the record of poor and inconclusive elections since the inception of the current administration is an example of how far the APC was willing to go to subvert the will of the people.
“John Osakue’s comments is therefore a smokescreen designed to deceive Nigerians and were made to distract people from plans perfected by APC to rig the Election.. The objective is to falsely curry sympathy from the Nigerian public while orchestrating and perpetrating their nefarious activities.
“We urge the Obaseki Campaign Organization as well as the APC to stop peddling the falsehood for which they have become renowned as the people of Edo State have made up their minds to reject them on Wednesday September 28, 2016.
“We urge our teeming members, supporters and the good people of Edo State to shun the propaganda of the APC and come out en masse to vote for our Candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu, on September 28, 2016,” it submitted.