The Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party on Sunday raised the alarm over an allegation that the ruling All Progressives Congress was prepared to rig next Wednesday’s governorship election in the state.
The PDP, in a statement signed by its Publicity Secretary, Chris Nehikhare, accused the APC of allegedly planning to convey fake ballot papers to some areas in the state on Monday and turn to accuse and arrest PDP members for being in possession of fake ballot papers.
But the ruling party dismissed the allegations.
According to the PDP statement, “Very credible information reaching us says that Governor Adams Oshiomhole and his APC have concluded arrangements to get fake ballot papers on Monday at Ibillo, in the Akoko Edo Local Government Area of Edo-North, and then transport the fake ballot papers to their areas of weakness.”
“Thereafter, they will pretend to expose the perpetrators as PDP supporters. This ‘show’ would become an excuse to crackdown on PDP foot soldiers and undertake massive arrest of PDP staunch supporters.
“To give credence to the ‘show’, they will plant fake Permanent Voter Cards in the homes of our people. At this juncture, we advise that everyone must be vigilant and be on the alert till the election is over.
“We are also reliably informed that the members of the APC have been granted remote access to INEC servers and INEC e-collation platforms.”
But the Edo State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Sam Olumekun, denied the allegation, adding that INEC servers were safe.
When contacted, the Publicity Secretary of the Edo APC, Godwin Erhahon, described the allegations as false, adding that the ruling party did not believe in rigging.
Erhahon said, “The PDP should not think what it used to do in its time will also be emulated by the APC. We do not believe in rigging. No matter the position, we are opposed to it.”