The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Osun state chapter have slammed themselves over allegations of an attempt to attack the office of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and destroy Bimodal Voters Accreditation System, BVAS machines used for the July 16 governorship election in the state.
In a statement issued by its caretaker chairman, Dr Akindele Adekunle, the PDP accused the APC of plans to set ablaze the BVAS used for election in the commission headquarters.
The statement warned, “We have a tip off which we consider to be very credible the APC has perfected plot to burn down the INEC secretariat at Osogbo. We gather specifically that the target is the strong room where the machines are kept as well as the ICT section of the commission.
“We are urging the management of INEC to strengthen security protection for the state INEC office. This threats should not be taken lightly especially after the open declaration of insurgency on the state by Mr Famodun.”
The PDP alleged that the APC was trying to get rid of BVAS so they would not be admissible in court during the ongoing hearing of the governorship petition at Osogbo.
However, in a statement by the APC, issued by Kola Olabisi for the party Chairman, Gboyega Famodun said the PDP Chairman’s accusations have shown how ignorant he is.
He said: “The PDP chairman should be educated further that there is no amount of atrocities perpetrated against any part of any state INEC office that is capable of distorting the details of the governorship election.
“Unsuspecting members of the society should be wary of fallacious stories from the cooking jar of this Ondo State-born Osun State caretaker committee state chairman of the PDP who does not have a stake in the state.”
Speaking further, he argued that the accusation of the APC changing the venue of the governorship election tribunal to Abuja is a figment of the imagination of the opposition.
The APC argued that the fussing of the PDP over the venue of where the tribunal chooses to hold their sessions indicates that they have something they would like to keep hidden in the election.