The Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation and the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Organisation on Friday accused each other of various allegations in the build-up to the rescheduled general elections.
While the PDP campaign organisation accused its APC counterpart of planning to simulate attacks on some of its own leaders with a view to accusing the PDP of being responsible for such incidents, the APC team alleged that the PDP rejected the use of card readers for the rescheduled polls because of a sinister motive.
The PDP campaign organisation, in a statement by its Director of Media and Publicity, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, said the APC team deliberately simulated the planned attack so as to portray the PDP as being violent.
The statement read, “As diabolical as this plan appears to be, it should come as no surprise to Nigerians given the APC’s antecedents.
“It is the stock-in-trade of the party to engage in cheap propaganda and blackmail and to indulge in the most hideous form of violence.
“The recent torching of some of the branded buses of the PDP by the APC in Jos did not come to us as a surprise.
“Again the attacks on the convoy of President Goodluck Jonathan while he was campaigning in Katsina, Bauchi, Taraba, Adamawa and Kaduna states were all carried out by members of the APC and the supporters and disciples of Gen. Muhammadu Buhari.”
Aside denying the allegation, the APC said the Bauchi State Governor, Mallam Isa Yuguda, had exposed the ruling party’s penchant for mischief.
The APC National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who spoke with one of our correspondents, asked Nigerians to ignore the ruling party.
Also in its accusation, the APC campaign team said the PDP’s rejection revealed a sinister plot by the ruling PDP to manipulate the electoral process.
In a statement signed by its Director of Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, the campaign team said the PDP engaged the plot to stampede the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof. Attahiru Jega, to resign before the rescheduled polls.
Shehu noted that the INEC’s decision to use the card readers was borne out of the need to ensure the transparency and integrity of the elections.
He said, “Aside the huge financial investment involved in the procurement of the card readers, the PDP’s desire to hoodwink Nigerians on this anti-rigging device is not just subterranean but an affront on the independence of the electoral body.”