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The Peoples Democratic Party in Osun has accused the All Progressives Congress of a plan to rig the July 8 Osun West Senatorial bye-election in the state.
The PDP State Chairman, Mr Soji Adagunodo, made this allegation at a news conference on Tuesday in Osogbo.
Adagunodo alleged that some electoral officers were conniving with some APC chieftains to disenfranchise eligible voters at the strongholds of the PDP.
“There are plans by the APC to ensure that INEC allocate non-functioning card readers to area considered as stronghold of PDP.
“This, in their thinking, would slow down accreditation of voters and get voters discouraged.”
“The whole world needs to know some undemocratic, obnoxious and certain illegal plans from dependable source to be carried out by the APC to rig the forthcoming bye-election.
“PDP leadership will not fold its hands and allow anybody to subvert the freewill of the electorate, to thwart the successful conduct of the forthcoming bye-election.
“We hereby call on security agencies and the electoral umpire (INEC) not to allow any form of rigging during the election but they should rather ensure free and fair election,” the chairman said.
According to him, PDP had concluded plans to frustrate all machinations by ‘anti-democratic forces’ in the state with all lawful means.
However, in his reaction, the APC Publicity Secretary in the state, Mr Kunle Oyatomi, said the allegation by PDP was baseless and untrue.