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.