Allegation ridiculous, APC spokesman replies
From Uche Nnorom, Makurdi
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Benue State has accused the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC of scheming to buy voters cards belonging to internally displaced victims of Fulani herdsmen attacks some of who are presently taking refuge in camps in the state.
But in a swift reaction, Publicity Secretary of the APC James Ornguga dismissed the accusation as false and ridiculous.
PDP alleged in a statement signed by its publicity secretary Bemgba Iortyom that the APC is targeting to possibly manipulate and rig the 2019 elections in its favour through this scheme which the party launched on the day it staged a decamping ceremony inside the Internally Displaced Persons, IDPs Camp at Daudu.
‘To have staged a decamping ceremony inside an IDPs camp alone was a record showing of moral depravity and conscienceless desperation, yet APC went a step further down the path of infamy with their agents secretly offering monies ranging between N5,000 and N10,000 to displaced persons at the camp in exchange for their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) while the charade of a decamping ceremony lasted.
The scheme has since then continued by the opposition party in the state with their agents going about secretly to IDPs camps and residences housing victims of herdsmen attacks offering them various sums of money in exchange for their PVCs.
“This development is not only obnoxious and nefarious but directly targets to undermine the very institution of democracy which stands as the most prized asset Nigerians have next to the corporate entity of the country.
“Moreover, this scheme amounts to wickedly rubbing salt into the injuries of Benue IDPs who are suffering today because the APC controlled federal government failed to protect them from the swords, knives and bullets of Fulani herdsmen who have for years killed, maimed and plundered our land at will and unchallenged.
“We understand that APC presently is a failed political experiment only waiting to be consigned to the graveyard of history by Nigerians, as such the party may not be able to properly appreciate the value of the democratic culture which PDP painstakingly helped to nurture, yet the party must not be allowed to dangerously rock our ship of state in its dying moments.
“We, therefore, call on the good people of Benue State to rise up and condemn in the strongest possible terms this dastardly scheme by APC, and we urge all internally displaced persons to shun the devilish offer to sell their PVCs to the same party that has been responsible for their plight”, the statement read.
The PDP challenged security agencies to launch their own investigations into this matter and bring the perpetrators to book to safeguard and preserve the country’s priceless institution of democracy, in the best interest of the Nigerian nation.
The APC spokesman said the PDP is scared that they are losing thousands of their supporters to the opposition party, intimating that they have held decamping ceremonies in Gboko and Guma where the ward chairman of PDP in Nzorov, the governor area defected to the APC.
“ The allegations are not true. Where do have the money to engage in such act. We are simply holding decamping ceremonies and telling the people why they should vote for the APC in the forthcoming elections”, James said.