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Bye-election: Kaduna PDP raises alarm over alleged rigging plans



The Peoples Democratic Party in Kaduna state has raised the alarm over alleged plans by the All Progressives Congress in the State, to rig the Saturday, February 3rd rerun election in the state.


The state PDP in a statement issued by Edward John Auta, the Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to its Chairman, Mr Felix Hassan Hyat, claimed that the APC has perfected plans to indulge in what he called “all manner of undemocratic, clandestine, and lawless activities aimed at rigging the rerun elections across the seven local government areas,” in the state.


Auta said, “The party is worried that the APC is determined to collude with some corrupt officials of INEC and the security agencies, yet again, to subvert the will of the people and declare the APC candidates as winners of the respective elections at all costs in all of the areas election is holding.”


According to the party Chieftain, the PDP was reliably informed that the APC had perfected plans to buy votes or deploy thugs to unleash mayhem in the circumstances vote buying fails.


“We have confidence in the resolve of the new Resident Electoral Commissioner to organise a credible election and redeem the image of INEC.


“However, we have uncovered from insider sources that the APC is working with some corrupt INEC staff to obtain fake copies of Forms EC8A which will be used to concoct and enter predetermined polling unit results which will be swapped with the genuine ones in areas where the APC fails to win or is not comfortable with the margin of lead, while the security agencies provide them with the necessary cover,” Auta said.


The bye-election will be held in the following areas: Kaduna South, Chikun, Kauru, Igabi, Kudan, Kachia and Kagarko local government areas.


However, PDP in its statement claimed that in Makera, Igabi, and Kauru, the sacked speaker, alongside some senior government officials, was desperately seeking to rob the people of their votes again.


The main opposition party however urged the commissioner of police in Kaduna state, and all other heads of the relevant security agencies that would be deployed for the election to take note, and direct all their officers and men to be professional, patriotic, and impartial.


It also called on the electoral umpire to work on all its staff that would be deployed for the election to exercise maximum restraint and ignore any acts of manipulation that will further soil the already battered image of the commission.

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