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Edo poll: APC using postponement to perfect rigging plans –PDP

Edo poll: APC using postponement to perfect rigging plans –PDP

The PDP has accused the APC of planning to use the period of the postponement of the Edo State governorship election to perfect a rigging plan.

State chairman of the party, Chief Dan Orbih, said this is so, seeing that there is no way the APC can win in a free and fair contest.

Speaking at a press conference in Benin City, Chief Orbih said that the APC was planning to influence the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to adopt the manual accreditation of voters as against the use of the card reader.

The State PDP chairman said that towards this end, there is a plan to make the card readers not to function.

Chief Orbih also accused the state governor, Adams Oshiomhole and his agents of instigating the mass arrest of PDP leaders and members by the police before September 28 so as to bring down the morale of the party members and its supporters.

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Alleging that the arrests and intimidation had since commenced, Chief Orbih displayed a letter of invitation from the police to a party leader, claiming an investigation into his conduct that could lead to a security breach.

According to him, this was a pattern that is being adopted to harass PDP members to submission.

Chief Dan Orbih also alleged that as part of the plan to intimidate uncompromising influential members of the party, the state governor and his agents have sent violent thugs after them.

He stated that the PDP has recorded casualties with members sustaining various degrees of injury from gunshots, and displayed photographs of some members who were allegedly attacked.

Speaking further, Chief Orbih alleged that as part of the grand plan to rig the rescheduled election, the state governor through his highly influential contact at INEC is planning to replace all the Electoral Officers in Edo State with Electoral Officers from APC controlled states.

While thanking Edo people whose resolve to change the APC has put the ruling party on edge, he assured them that the PDP will do everything legally possible to ensure that their votes for the PDP in the September election count.

Chief Orbih stated that the PDP will resist all attempts by the ruling party to rig the election.

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