Wednesday 16th August, 2017
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PDP, APC trade words over Osun bye-election

PDP, APC trade words over Osun bye-election

The Peoples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) in Osun State has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of a plan to rig the July 8 Osun West Senatorial bye-election.

The PDP State Chairman, Mr Soji Adagunodo, made this allegation at a news conference on Tuesday in Osogbo, the state capital.

But the APC swiftly re­sponded, debunking the PDP allegation as a figment of the party’s imagination.

The APC Director of Publicity and Strategy, Mr Kunle Oyatomi, said the al­legation by PDP was base­less and untrue.

Oyatomi told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in an interview that PDP should prove its allegation with an undeniable fact be­fore spreading falsehood.

“PDP must be suffering from the psychological trau­ma of impending defeat.”

In a news conference, PDP state chairman, Ada­gunodo alleged that some electoral officers were con­niving with some APC chieftains to disenfranchise eligible voters at the strong­holds of the PDP.

“There are plans by the APC to ensure that INEC allocates non-functioning card readers to areas con­sidered as the stronghold of PDP.

“This, in their thinking, would slow down accredita­tion of voters and get voters discouraged.”

“The whole world needs to know some undemocrat­ic, obnoxious and certain il­legal plans from dependable source to be carried out by the APC to rig the forth­coming bye-election.

“PDP leadership will not fold its hands and allow any­body to subvert the free will of the electorate, to thwart the successful conduct of the forthcoming bye-election.

“We hereby call on secu­rity agencies and the elec­toral umpire (INEC) not to allow any form of rigging during the election but they should rather ensure free and fair election,” the chair­man said.