APC, PDP disagree over alleged rigging plots in Ekiti State.
•Party earmarks N112.5b for votes buying, ruling party denies.
The All Progressive Congress (APC), and People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State yesterday engaged each other on the allegation of a plan to rig the Presidential and National Assembly elections.
The PDP alleged that the ruling party has perfected plans to use recovered loot from the late military Head of State, Sani Abacha, to buy votes in the coming polls.
It also alleged plans to use security operatives and officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to rig the polls in their advantage.
Director of Media and Publicity of the Atiku/Obi PDP Presidential Campaign Council, Lere Olayinka, said in a statement in Ado Ekiti.
He further claimed that the APC has earmarked N112.5billion to buy projected 15 million votes at N7,500 per vote.
The PDP said: “Their plots are in two folds. While they are forging ahead with their clandestine plot to compromise INEC, and rig the elections by getting the commission to produce two sets of result sheets (Form EC8A) for some selected polling units across the country, they are also plotting massive vote buying.”
The opposition party urged Nigerians to reject vote buying and asked the security to be fair while urging party agents to protect their votes.
The PDP also alleged that security agents are to be instructed to provide cover for all APC stalwarts to be assigned with the responsibility of ascertaining voters compliance and making payments to voters who complied.
But, APC’s Director of Media for the Buhari/Osinbajo campaign council in Ekiti State, Tai Akogun, described the allegations as cruel and irresponsible.
He said President Buhari is not only a man of integrity who would never buy votes but has also performed creditably well to be given a second term by Nigerians.
Akogun said, “everybody knows that Buhari is as a man of integrity, by this time four years ago, we were already hearing about raising huge funds for former President Jonathan’s campaign, where contractors were raising huge funds, adding that there is nothing of such at the moment.
He added: “Fayemi as our governor is not a frivolous person, he is not a kind of person that will use such money to buy votes. This is a cruel and irresponsible allegation, the PDP is only crying foul because they know they are losing the coming polls.
“They know that 14,000 Ekiti youths who benefitted immensely from N-power and those who also benefitted from Tradermoni will vote massively for Buhari.”
In Ekiti alone, the railway line that Buhari has built, the federal Secretariat almost at completion at the new Iyin Road and the housing scheme in Agric Olope, all in Ado Ekiti are our own N112 billion, which will attract votes for Buhari.