Deji Adebayo, Akure
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ondo state chapter has accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of plotting to rig the 2023 general elections with fake NYSC members.
The allegation was contained in a press release signed by Kennedy Peretei, State Publicity Secretary, PDP, Ondo State, Sunday evening. He said the failure of President Muhammadu Buhari and APC has left Nigerians with no choice than to vote them out.
The statement reads: “The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ondo State Chapter has uncovered a grand plan by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to rig the 2023 general elections.
“Against the background of unfulfilled promises made to Nigerians in 2015 and 2019, the leadership of the APC has perfected a plot to compromise the electoral process by recruiting fake Youth Corps Members to serve as Presiding Officers during the general elections.
“The plot was hatched in a meeting attended by Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu, SAN, APC State Chairman, Engr. Ade Adetimehin and other leaders in Abuja, where marching order was given to them to quickly identify five leaders in each of the 18 Local Government Areas of the State to coordinate this evil plot.
“If the 2023 elections were to be about dividends of democracy delivered to the people, the APC knows, it does not stand any chance of winning. Their recent outing in Osun State Gubernatorial Election has also opened their eyes to the reality that, not even the bullion vans can save them from imminent failure, hence the ploy to resort to any available tricks in the books.
“For example, in Ondo State, where civil servants have become the butt of every joke, especially teachers whose promotion letters were withheld for not presenting Masters in Education degrees or forced to attend Public Service Training Institute, Ilara-Mokin for a whooping N130,000.00 per person must not be allowed to freely exercise their franchise by voting their preferred candidates. In a free and fair election, the civil servants will certainly revenge their humiliation and frustration over the years.
“Our party calls on the Independent National Electoral Commission, not to allow itself to be used in this unpatriotic act. If President Muhammad Buhari failed tragically to provide security, and also failed to sustain the prosperous economy he inherited, the least expectation from him is to deliver free, fair and credible elections in 2023. He should not allow, desperate politicians in his party destroy whatever is remaining of his battered image.
“Our party urges Nigerians desirous of rescuing and rebuilding our dear country to be vigilant at all times, especially during the elections, as choices open to them is either to allow the incompetent APC government to continue in power or stop the present drift at all costs.”