The All Progressives Congress, APC, has denied an allegation leveled against the party by Kwarachapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of planning to disrupt the Offa local government election rerun today.
Rather, it said, the PDP is indeed the purveyor of violence and the mastermind of rigging going into the polls.
A statement issued by the APC’s national publicity secretary, Lai Mohammed, said the allegation is an admission of failure on the part of the PDP, which has been in power in Kwara for the last 10 years.
”If a government that has been in power for this length of time, that has control over the police and the State Security Service (SSS) is now crying wolf over an isolated local government rerun, it can only mean one thing, that the government has lost control of events in the state and that it is no longer sure of the support of the people it claims to be governing,” Mohammed said.
Kwara PDP in a statement issued by its director of publicity, Mas’ud Adebimpe, on Wednesday alleged that APC planned to import political thugs and assassins from neighbouring states who would invade Offa few days to the election day.
Ma’sud said the plot was hatched during a meeting presided over by Mohammed and held at Oro inIrepodun local government of the state.
APC disclaimed the presence of its national publicity secretary at any such meeting as he had been out of the country.
It stated further that fear of losing the Saturday’s election prompted the allegation, pointing out that the PDP has never won elections in Offa local government.
Contrary to allegation made by PDP, Mohammed stated that it is a tradition for The ruling party to mobilize thugs during elections claiming that there is pictorial evidence of the attacks carried out during past polls against its members and supporters including damage done to their vehicles.
The APC urged its members and supporters to continue to eschew violence even in the face of provocation from the PDP, but urged them to turn out in large numbers to vote and ensure that they defend their votes on Saturday.