The Ondo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) has accused the opposition party, All Progressives Congress (APC) of sowing illegal army uniforms as part of its election rigging plots for the November 26 governorship election in the state.
The party also raised an alarm that the APC and another opposition party were now busy collecting voters card from potential voters with promise of an imaginary palliative ahead of the next month’s election.
In a statement issued in Akure on Tuesday by the Publicity Director of the party, Mr Ayo Fadaka, the party said it had uncovered the plan of opposition parties in the state to flood the state with thugs in fake army uniform.
According to Fadaka, the aim of the opposition party was to intimidate eligible voters so as to be able to rig the election.
Fadaka said, the opposition parties had engaged garment makers to make available Army Uniforms of different sizes for use by their thugs to enable them alter proceedings and manipulate election during and after voting on election day.
He further said in the statement that the tailors handling the sowing project were currently working from two neighbouring states.
According to him,” members of one of the parties participating in the November 26th gubernatorial election have stock-piled arms in a location within the state.”
While disclosing that PVCs are already being dubiously collected from potential voters in Akoko, Ile-oluji and Odigbo among others areas, the ruling party said: “It is important for the people to know that anyone that asked for their PVC as condition to fulfil a promise is only out to steal from them and deprive them of their voting right.
“The Ondo state government is the only organ that has been giving out palliatives and the only thing required to benefit is the smart card, also known as Kaadi Igbeayo”.
However, while reacting to the allegations, the State Publicity Secretary of the APC, Omo’ba Abayomi Adesanya said it was the PDP that was currently recruiting and training snipers in the state ahead of the poll.
Adesanya also noted that all the people currently buying PVCs in the state were members of the PDP.
According to him, “PDP in connivance with one of the security agencies in the state are currently training snipers and we have forwarded a petition to the appropriate place for proper investigation of the matter.”
As another saga unfolds, let us see how INEC and other relevant bodies keep our democracy in check.