The PDP said that the accusations were part of the APC’s “lying agenda.”
Ahead of the August 9 gubernatorial election in Osun State, the All Progressives Congress, APC, has accused the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, of secretly stashing millions of ballot papers at the party’s secretariat in Oshogbo.
In a statement, Thursday, the APC alleged that the PDP used a bullion van to transport the ballot papers from Abuja.
“The bullion van was parked at the PDP secretariat until the wee hours of today (Thursday) before it was taken into an unknown destination,” the APC said in a statement signed by Adelowo Adebiyi and Kunle Oyatomi, State Party Chairman and Director of Publicity respectively.
Rauf Aregbesola, the incumbent governor and candidate of the APC, and Iyiola Omisore, the PDP candidate, are the major contenders in Saturday’s governorship election.
According to the APC, the ballot papers were brought in preparatory to a massive thumb printing at a Catholic School in Ife Odan, which would be surreptitiously added to the party’s tally in all wards and councils in Saturday’s election.
“There is credible information to the effect that vehicles belonging to the Federal Roads Safety Commission, FRSC, are to be used for the distribution of the ballot papers to the selected areas where the PDP plans to use them to subvert the wishes of the people,” the APC said.
The statement said that the crude method adopted by the PDP was contrary to President Goodluck Jonathan’s assurance of a free and fair election.
“We condemn this subterfuge in its entirety. It is an act of desperation and a cynical vote of no confidence on the democratic process and the inalienable right of the people to freely choose their leaders,” the APC said.
“President Goodluck Jonathan assured the people of Osun last Saturday of his commitment to free and fair election and disavowal of rigging and electoral fraud.
“The evidence before us now is to the contrary. Mr President should be true to his words and rein in his party members, who appear hell bent to truncate our hard earned democracy, if they fail in their diabolical bid to rule the state at all cost.
“The PDP must know that the people of Osun are determined to have only their votes counted and to make only their votes count. They are willing on Saturday to let the whole world know that the only way in a democracy to acquire political power is to win their hearts and minds.”
“We are therefore urging security agencies, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and especially the people of the affected area, to be vigilant and be on the lookout for suspicious activities, which may be tantamount to subversion of our hard-earned democracy.
“Our people must also ensure that such subversive activities should not be condoned or allowed to happen in their precinct.”
“A lying agenda”
In their reaction, the PDP said that the accusations were part of the APC’s “lying agenda.”
“We have said it about a week ago that between then and Saturday, the APC is going to tell about 50 lies, because they already see defeat coming,” Diran Odeyemi, Mr. Omisore’s Director of Media and Publicity told PREMIUM TIMES.
“How reasonable is it to allege that some ballot boxes were driven into PDP secretariat? If they were sure of this allegation, I expect them to direct their allegations to the SSS and the police, and not to the pages of newspapers,” Mr. Odeyemi said.
“Their propaganda has expiry date, and that’s August 9. We believe in credible election, one man one vote. And don’t forget that the APC has a system – accusing their opponent of what they want to do. And if they are planning it, I assure them they will be shocked at the security network,” Mr. Odeyemi added.