By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
The United Progressives Party (UPP) has alleged that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) engaged in massive movement of money across the local government areas on the eve of the reschedule election.
National Chairman of UPP, Chekwas Okorie said this in Abuja while reacting to the political implications of rescheduling the presidential election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
He alleged that most of the money that was moved by the PDP agents was done in connivance with the officials of INEC, pointing out that the intention was to compromise them to work in favour of the opposition party.
According to him, “We know, as people who administer a political party that is also fielding candidates for every other elective positions other than presidential election, we are aware that there was massive movement of money and one party is more liable than the other, PDP is more liable in the movement of money.
“Even in the South East, information came to me that practically every local government headquarters of PDP in the South East was a money distribution point.
“So, all their field operators were in every local government headquarters of the party collecting their own trances of this election money. There was also information that some of this money was paid to INEC officials as a way of buying them over.
“I will not be surprised if PDP did that because they have perfected this strategy over the sixteen years they were in power, and there is never a time that the PDP has won election through straight balloting, that is why they boasted that they will rule Nigeria forever, as if the people did not matter.
“You know that this is the first time the PDP will be going into a general election as opposition, so they know that losing this election will mark the decimation of the party, and so to them, they are more desperate than any other party, and to them, it is a do or die affair”, he said.
Okorie, while reiterating the call on the Igbos to support President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election campaign, said it remains the shortest route for an Igbo man to become the President of Nigeria in 2023.
He further acknowledged what he described as heavy infrastructural presence shown by the President Buhari administration, which he argued is far beyond what the region benefited from the PDP government in its sixteen years of being in power.