The war of words between the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of this weekend’s governorship election in Bayelsa has intensified with both parties trading words and accusing each other of plotting to rig the election.
On Monday, the PDP claimed its major rival in Bayelsa is working with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agents to manipulate the election in favour of its candidate, David Lyon.
A few hours later, the APC hit back and accused the ruling party in Bayelsa of vote-buying.
The party said PDP is plotting to give each voter N20, 000 in order to sway as many voters as possible to vote for its candidate, Douye Diri in the election.
According to APC, PDP had stashed up a huge amount of money for the purpose.
The party, has, therefore, called on the security agents and the INEC to foil the alleged plots.
In a statement issued by its deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, in Abuja on Monday, the party also claimed that the PDP had concluded plans to equip thugs with Navy, Army and police uniforms, with the aims of using them to compromise security arrangements and easily rig the election.
The APC said it got hints of the “evil plots against the people of Bayelsa” by the PDP from one of the operatives of the state ruling party Bayelsa Governorship Special Purpose Election Committee (SPEC), who had resigned from the committee.
It said the committee was secretly working for Governor Seriake Dickson.
“A member of the Bayelsa Governorship Special Purpose Election Committee (SPEC), which was set up and secretly working for Governor Seriake Dickson, resigned recently from the committee and has reported the governor’s plans to rig the election to us,” Nabena said.
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