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2019 election: APC, PDP in war of words over vote buying, rigging allegations

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The All Progressive Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State, on Monday exchanged verbal invectives over allegations by the latter that the ruling party had perfected plans to re-loot recovered loot from former late military Head of State, Sani Abacha, to buy votes of Nigerians in the coming polls.

The PDP also claimed the APC had also perfected plan to use security operatives and officials of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to their advantage at the polls. But the APC has denied all the claims.

While the state’s Director of Media and Publicity of the Atiku/Obi PDP Presidential Campaign Council, Lere Olayinka, accused the APC of plotting massive vote buying for the Saturday Presidential and National Assembly elections, alleging that a sum of N112.5bn has been earmarked to buy projected 15 million votes at N7,500 per vote, APC’s Director of Media for the state’s Buhari/Osinbajo campaign council, Tai Akogun, has described the allegations as cruel and irresponsible, declaring that Presidential Mohammadu Buhari was not only a man of integrity, who would never buy votes but also has performed creditably well to be given a second term by Nigerians on a platter of gold

The PDP said, “Their plots are in two folds. While they are forging ahead with their clandestine plot to compromise the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and rig the elections by getting the electoral 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.”

Urging Nigerians to reject vote buying, the security to be fair and its party agents to protect their votes, the PDP also alleged that security agents have been 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.

Reacting to PDP’s allegations, Akogun said: “Everybody knows Buhari 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 are raising huge funds, but now you can’t hear of any contractors doing that, is this kind of President the one that would waste N112 billion for campaign?.

“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 youth 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 is our own N112 billion which will attract votes for Buhari. We challenge the PDP to show us what former president Goodluck Jonathan did for Ekiti in his time. Buhari doesn’t need to buy votes because he has performed creditably well.”

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