Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Osun State Guber poll: APC Raises alarm over PDP's Plot to rig election

Osun State Chapter of All Progressives Congress (APC) has raised alarm that the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has penetrated the rank of members of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) whose INEC intends to use as ad hoc staff in the August 9th governorship election in the state.
The party’s Director of Publicity, Research and Strategy, Barrister Kunle Oyatomi, said information reaching the party shows that 70 of the youth corps members have been commissioned to aid rigging in favour of PDP.
More astonishing revelations, he continued, “have been brought to the attention of the All Progressives Congress as to how the Peoples’ Democratic Party intends to rig the August 9 election in the State of Osun.
“The latest is that the PDP has penetrated the ranks of Youth Corps members that INEC intends to use as electoral officers. Already, 70 of them have been compromised to look the other way when PDP agents use other people’s voters’ cards to vote.
“It will be recalled that the APC had brought to public knowledge, the criminal actions of PDP buying up voters’ cards which they intended to use for rigging purposes during the election on August 9.
“According to credible information reaching the APC, 96 of the youth corps members were invited to a closed door meeting with PDP officials last week, but only 74 attended, during which the corps members were told to disregard the difference in facial appearance between the voter and the picture on the computer record and allow the mercenary voter to cast his/her vote.
“However, sensing that this could be dangerously problematic, one of the corps members allegedly asked: ‘suppose party agents discovered and raised alarm?’
To which question the PDP officials were reported to have replied; ‘don’t worry about that, the security people will deal decisively with any troublesome agent’. In that meeting, the PDP distributed N20,000 each to the corpers and promised N30,000 more when the next meeting holds. The next meeting according to APC sources, will hold in few days in Ile Ife.



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