By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
All Progressive Congress (APC) has accused the People Democratic Party (PDP) Governors Forum, of plotting to clone and buy Permanent Voter Cards and intimidate voters in the forthcoming Edo state governorship election.
In a statement issued by the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of APC, Yakini Nabena, in reaction to the call by PDP Governors Forum on President Muhammadu Buhari, to ensure free and fair elections in the Edo polls, APC said it was a smokescreen and dubious call by the opposition party to disguise their real and sinister intentions.
According to the statement, APC said “A recent communique issued by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Governors’ Forum enjoined the President, INEC and security agencies to “play an impartial role” in forthcoming governorship elections in Edo and Ondo States.
“For a Party whose stock-in-trade remains cloning of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs), stealing card readers, voter intimidation, thuggery and vote buying as witnessed during the 2019 General Elections, the PDP’s call is dubious and a smokescreen for their real and sinister intentions.”
The ruling party said the real issue is how the Edo state treasury has been criminally converted to a political slush fund as exposed by the widely reported faceoff between Governor Godwin Obaseki and his deputy, Philip Shuaibu, over release of funds for the PDP governorship campaign.
The statement said “Again, as chairman of the Edo State PDP governorship Campaign Council, the violence being threatened by the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike ahead of the September 19 Edo governorship election are the real issues. Wike has promised to “make sure that everything needed is done” to foist the PDP governorship candidate on the good people of Edo State.
“There are already credible reports of Wike’s plan to import thugs from neighbouring states to achieve their rigging plot. We reiterate that he will not succeed. We stand with the good people of Edo state in calling on our security services not to allow the PDP and Wike turn Edo state into a killing field.
“Our security services must do everything to stop the PDP’s plan to unleash violence, intimidate voters and buy votes during the election”.
To this end, the APC said that come September 19, votes will surely count and the will of the Edo electorates will prevail.