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Supplementary Polls: Nigerians will treat thugs in military uniforms as fake soldiers – PDP

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…Accuses APC of relying on vote-buying, ballot snatching
By Dirisu Yakubu
ABUJA-The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said Nigerians will treat All Progressives Congress, APC, thugs dressed in military uniform to assist it to rig the March 23 supplementary elections, as fake soldiers.

Soldiers and policemen stand at the gate of the state headquarters of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, on March 10, 2019. – Fears has gripped residents of oil-rich Port Harcourt city in Niger delta region as state headquarters of Independent National Electoral Commission has been condoned off by dozens of fierce looking soldiers, anti-riots policemen and other complementary security agents who are jointly patrolling the city ahead of the much awaited results of the just concluded governorship and state assembly elections. (Photo by AFP)

The party also noted that its position is predicated on claims by the federal government that the soldiers who unleashed violence and helped the APC to rig the February 23 Presidential election were fake.

I’m a statement issued by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP expressed its readiness to “confront, resist and dismantle all rigging machinery of the APC and consolidate on its already established victory in the March 23 supplementary governorship elections.”

The statement read in part : “Our structure and followership in Sokoto, Kano, Adamawa, Plateau, Bauchi and Benue states have been fully rallied at all levels of polling and collation process to resist any attempt by anybody to manipulate for the APC.

“It is instructive to state that the PDP already has full information of how the APC is moving huge sums of money in the attempt to bribe officials of INEC to manipulate the electoral process.

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“This is in addition to reports of how the APC has been sending its agents to promise money to voters and how such overtures are being rejected by the voters.

“The PDP also has full details of how APC has sent network jammers to the states where supplementary elections are scheduled to hold as well as how they have paid thugs to cause confusion on the day of election and snatch ballot boxes, having realized that it has no chance in the supplementary polls.

“The PDP wants the APC and its candidates to note that their ignoble schemes are already known and that our party is standing shoulder to shoulder with the people of these states to defend our votes.

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“In this regard, all our agents, members and supporters have been equipped to closely monitor all the electoral processes, from the accreditation of voters, voting and collation of results, ensure that all results delivered at the polling units be immediately posted on INEC website and use all legitimate means to firmly resist any attempt by the APC to alter the results.

“The PDP cautions those engaged by the APC to cause confusion and snatch ballot boxes to steer clear of the processes, as they will be doing so at their own peril.”

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