The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau State has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of buying voters cards especially in the PDP strongholds as part of its plan to win 2019 election at all levels even as the governor stated that PDP was merely playing to the gallery and engaging in diversionary tactics to misinform and mislead the public.
Addressing newsmen on Monday, the State Deputy Chairman of PDP, Hon. Amos Gombi, who said the act could cause breach of peace warned the State Governor and his party not to plunge the state into another needless political crisis in their desperation to hold on to power.
“In this wise, we have received credible information to the effect that agents of the APC are inviting people to surrender their Permanent Voter’s Cards (PVCs) for amounts ranging from three to ten thousand Naira.These cards will then either be destroyed, rendered inoperable or cloned to deprive their owners from using them to vote out the APC.
“This is a condemnable and dangerous plot. But it is also hardly uprising since APC prefers sharing out corrupted funds rather than give solid governance results to Nigerians” he said.
On the recent local government elections in the state, Hon. Gombi expressed concern that while the party was challenging the irregularities that marred the election through legal means, PLASIEC was very busy working on ways to circumvent the law.
“We have it on good authority that it is attempting to perfect its false and doctored results sheets by offering between five-to-ten thousand Naira each to presiding officers and party agents who took part in the election for their signatures to authenticate these clearly fake documents.
“The desperation in PLASIEC is boundless as it tries to make a crumbling APC government in Plateau look good and acceptable. As far as the PDP is concerned, the real results of the LG elections are the clearest and loudest referendum yet on the Lalong administration. No matter what PLASIEC does now can never change the sound and message of the Plateau people in this election”
Apparently reacting to the position of the State PDP, Governor Simon Lalong, through his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Mark Longyen, said PDP was merely playing to the gallery and engaging in diversionary tactics to misinform and mislead the public adding that They were the ones planning to buy the PVCs for reasons best known to them.
“The PDP is merely playing to the gallery and engaging in diversionary tactics to misinform and mislead the public. They are the ones planning to buy the PVCs for reasons best known to them. I challenge them to publish documentary evidence to prove their allegations or simply shut up.
“The antics of the PDP are well known. Wild, speculations and brazen falsehood constitute their stock-in-trade and it is not surprising, especially as we are in the season of electoral campaign” he said.
According to him, the Governor Lalong’s second term is already a done deal adding that PDP allegation of a “crumbling administration” was a figment of their imagination and should brace up for a humiliating defeat in the forthcoming Governorship elections.