BY Emmanuel Aziken, Political Editor
The All Progressives Congress, APC has pinpointed ten local government areas it claimed the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP aims to massively rig the election.
The accusation was besides the claim by the APC that the PDP is shopping for a pliable person to act as returning officer in the election.
The APC in a statement issued in Lagos yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party also accused President Goodluck Jonathan of compelling security agencies to enforce the goal of a PDP victory at all costs.
Nigerians from all walks of life, desirous of a free and fair election on Saturday, are reaching out to us with useful information on the plan by the desperate PDP to rig the forthcoming election, and we are taking the information very seriously,Mohammed said.
Citing areas it claimed the PDP was determined to rig, the APC said:
We learnt that the PDP has identified Ife Central, Ife East, Ife North, Ife South, Olurunda, Iwo, Ifelodun, Osogbo, Odo Otin and Aiyedade as places where they plan to perpetrate massive rigging. Two different results have allegedly been written ahead of the elections while three Vice Chancellors, one from the North Central and two from the South West, have been penciled down to serve as a returning officer. The incentive for the returning officer who can announce the doctored results is N1 billion. It said.
The party said when these plans are put together with the massive deployment of security agencies to Osun to harass and intimidate the opposition, the huge amounts of cash being moved into the state via armoured personnel carriers, and the electoral malfeasance specialist-ministers who have landed in Osun, it is clear that the PDP is working hard to ensure that the forthcoming election is anything but free, fair and credible.
It therefore called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC not to allow any unscrupulous person to serve as a returning officer for the election, and to pay a special attention to voting in the identified local governments, where the PDP plans to influence the outcome of the election.
The party also called on the international community to pay attention to the issues that could affect the outcome of the election, instead of waiting until the deed has been done.