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PDP, LP Deny Any Ties To Vote Buying, Say It Must Be The Work Of APC

Following a revelation on Monday by the National Commissioner overseeing Abuja, Nasarawa, Kaduna, and Plateau state, Mohammed Haruna, the All Progressives Congress (APC), has been accused by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Labour Party (LP) of using poverty as a weapon and of financing the purchase of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) from registered voters in order to commit electoral fraud in the general elections of 2023.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had earlier raised an alarm that some politicians are buying PVCs from unsuspecting Nigerians which had resulted in the reactions from PDP and LP.

National Commissioner overseeing Abuja, Nasarawa, Kaduna, and Plateau states also revealed on Monday in the nation’s capital that two people were recently convicted by INEC for illegal possession of PVCs in Sokoto and Kano states.

Reacting, the National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Debo Ologunagba speaking to Vanguard said that the alarm raised by INEC should not be handled with levity, but investigated to arrest and prosecute the offenders.

Ologunagba said: “The alarm raised by INEC should not be taken lightly because, in the last couple of weeks, Nigerians have seen an upsurge in the desperate tactics by the ruling All Progressives Congress, to grab and retain power by all means including the purchase of PVCs from gullible people.”

“The party has weaponized poverty which it intends to use to cow Nigerians into doing its bidding.”

“While we await a thorough investigation to unravel the extent to which APCs desperation has led it into seeking to criminally manipulate our electoral process to subvert the will of Nigerians, we implore our security agencies and President Buhari, to remain faithful to their promise to bequeath a credible, free and fair election come 2023.”

Also while speaking to Vanguard, the Chief Spokesperson of the Labour Party’s Presidential Campaign Council, Dr. Yunusa Tanko, denounced all forms of electoral crime.

He said: “We in the Labour Party condemn electoral crime in all its ramifications. I’m certain the politicians being described by INEC are not within our rank or file that is why we have been taking our plea for votes directly to Nigerians.”

“Our candidate has been campaigning and appearing in debates and town hall meetings because he knows the power to put him and his running mate and of course, our party in office is in the hands of the people.”

“We enjoin Nigerians to beware of politicians, who stole from our common patrimony while in office at one time or another.”

“These are the same people who have come to use these same stolen funds to try to buy their PVCs and their votes.”

 

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