By Ahmed Abubakar
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said no amount of “dirty tricks” employed by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to play on the intelligence of Nigerians will drown its clear criminal act of cloning of INEC’s Permanent Voter Cards (PVC).
PDP National Legal Adviser, Barr. Victor Kwon in a statement yesterday said “in posting series of lame denials, even when caught in the act and attempting to compare their crime to the American Watergate political scandal, the APC has clearly exposed its culpability and confirmed our stand regarding their criminal tendencies and penchant for deceit and lies.”
Insisting that any APC leader found to be behind the crime should be prosecuted, the ruling party said members of the APC should hide their faces in shame describing them as “desperate and disgraceful lot whose activities have continued to stain the image of the country”.
“It is to say the least despicable that instead of apologizing to Nigerians for this heinous crime, the APC leaders have resorted to lies and dirty tricks in an attempt to play the victim and blame the PDP for their self inflicted woes.
“In referring to Watergate scandal involving American President Richard Nixon and the bugging of Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters, the APC stood the truth on its head and tried to play on the intelligence of Nigerians by trying to politicize an obvious criminal act.
“The truth remains, that the APC is now hysterical and feverish having been caught in the act. They have been exposed and no amount of antics by their leaders will remove their culpability that deserves the full weight of the law.
“The questions APC must answer are; is their attempt to hack into INEC’s data-base not criminal? What were the 31‘Ghana must go’ bags of INEC PVC specimen doing in their so-called data office in Lagos? We are indeed appalled at the extent the APC can go in their desperation for power for which they have now become notorious.
“We therefore urge our security agencies not to allow themselves to be intimidated by the APC, but hasten investigations on this crime. This is especially as we restate the fear by majority that the APC may have already started cloning ballot papers and other election documents in their quest to achieve political power by all means.