June 23, 2024

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Edo 2020: PDP, APC clash over fresh allegations to rig election

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The acrimony between the Peoples Democratic Party
and the All Progressive Congress seems not to be
abating as the PDP has alleged a plot by the APC to
manipulate the September 19 governorship election in
Edo State .
Addressing journalists on Friday, the state Publicity
Secretary of the PDP , Chris Nehikhare, fingered the
APC governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize – Iyamu ;
former national chairman of the APC , Adams
Oshiomhole ; and a National Commissioner of the
Independent National Electoral Commission , Mustapha
Lecky , as the brains behind the plot .
Nehikhare alleged that the polling officers who were
supposed to be National Youth Service Corps members
had been changed , alleging that Oshiomhole and Ize –
Iyamu were nominating POs .
He alleged that Lecky was also engaged in influencing
the engagement of persons , “ with personal ties with
Oshiomhole and Ize – Iyamu , to rig the election in
favour of the APC during the polls and undermine the
electoral process .
Nehikhare stated , “ The time – honoured tradition , which
mandates that all political parties involved in the
electioneering process submit names of persons to be
used as ad hoc staff is being abused by Dr . Lecky and
his collaborators in the APC .
“ While we have confidence in the INEC as an
institution , we are calling on them to rein in Dr . Lecky
and his likes , in order to have an election that would
uphold the will of the people and one that they can be
proud of.
“ We hereby call on the INEC leadership to review the
process of selecting these officials and request that Dr .
Lecky excuse himself from the process as his activities
have been revealed to be threatening the integrity of
the process , which will taint the outcome of the
election . ”
However , the state Publicity Secretary of the APC , Chris
Azebamwan, described the alleged plot as a phantom
and imaginary transaction .
He said , “ This is a phantom and imaginary
transaction . I can tell you authoritatively that the APC
has not and cannot delve into the affairs of a statutory
body recognised by the electoral law to conduct
elections in this country . This is another ploy by the
PDP and Governor ( Godwin ) Obaseki to distract
Nigerians and Edo people from the matter at hand .
“ Obaseki is the outgoing governor and he should be
preparing his handover notes instead of misleading the
people because he is aware of his obvious imminent
defeat , so there is no truth in this frivolous allegation . ”

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