The All Progressive Congress (APC) has reacted to the allegation brought against it by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) alleged yesterday, stating that the ruling party is plotting to rig the election.
The PDP pointed to the fact that the APC has not constituted it campaign council or develop a clear-cut campaign blueprint 61 days to the election as the reason why it thinks that the APC might be planning to rig the elections.
The PDP alleged further, in a statement by Kola Ologbondiyan, the party’s National Publicity Secretary that President Muhammadu Buhari and his party were not moved to campaign for election since he is working along side the Independent National Electoral Commission to rig the 2019 elections.
The statement reads partly: “All over the world, patriotic and obligated leaders, who are seeking (re-) elections, go to the electorate to canvass for votes with their messages and solutions. But our President and the APC have been busy procuring phony endorsements, harassing and intimidating opposition leaders, compromising the electoral body to create illegal voting centres, delaying election budgets and holding the process to ransom by refusing to sign amendments to the Electoral Act that eliminate avenues for rigging
The APC, through its National Publicity Secretary Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, in a statement made available to the press on Thursday described the allegation as spurious”.
The APC wondered why the PDP was more interested whether the APC had started its campaign or not, adding that President Buhari started his campaign three and half years ago.
He said: “It is very amazing that two months into the election, PDP is still not presenting any alternative governance agenda before the people of this country. Sadly, the main opposition party appears at a loss as to how to face Nigerians, knowing they would have to explain why they so badly mismanaged this country at a period of surplus.
“Rather than focus on its own campaign, the only apparent concern of PDP is whether APC has flagged off its campaigns or not. Of course, APC will soon begin strategic engagements with the people of this country.
“Unlike PDP, our party as the governing party began our campaign immediately President Muhamnadu Buhari resumed office. We have spent the last three and half years carrying out massive infrastructural projects in all the 36 states of the country.
“We have invested heavily in social intervention programmes targeted at the ordinary Nigerians, at a scale never seen before in this country. The onslaught against corruption, the lasting solutions being put in place to provide security across our country, the transformation in the agricultural and the solid minerals sectors are the real campaigns that the APC government has embarked on since June 2015.
“We understand that PDP cannot campaign on issues as they have none to present. PDP’s recent attempts to speak to issues have ended in disgrace as it became obvious they base their projections and analyses on fallacious data. In effect, PDP is left with no other option than to resort to sophistry. They obviously need another trip to Dubai. Perhaps, they may try China this time, hoping they would at least get their figures right.”