The ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) last night described allegations by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, that PDP has perfected plans to manipulate tomorrow’s governorship election in Osun as an “infantile blackmail”.
The ruling party in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh in Abuja, said the allegations were “completely wild, baseless and mere fabrications aimed at distracting PDP members and supporters and discourage them from fully participating in the election”.
The PDP described the allegation as “a ploy by the APC to make its members and supporters over-confident and divert attention from their own sinister plan”.
Insisting that there would be no room for rigging, the PDP said “the process of accreditation, voting, counting of votes and declaration of results will be openly observed by the print, electronic and social media as well as local and international observers”.
The PDP said “one of the legacies of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration is free, fair and credible polls such will in no way be compromised in Osun or any other election for that matter”.
PDP urged its members and supporters to completely disregard the APC and come out en masse to vote for its candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore, stressing that it remains focused on the election having worked very hard to earn the confidence and support of the people of Osun state.
The PDP said it wished to “remind Nigerians of the fact that for the APC, elections are only free and fair when they win and rigged when they lose”.