The Peoples Democratic Party has reacted to allegations by the presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) that the opposition party is plotting to disrupt collation of results of the 2019 elections.
The PDP’s reply came through a statement by a spokesman of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council, Osita Chidoka.
According to the statement, the allegations of the ruling party amounts to ‘hypocrisy to disguise their own vile acts’
The full statement read: “Our attention has drawn to a low-quality diatribe from the APC as contained in a statement to the effect that PDP plans to unleash armed thugs to disrupt the collation process is rank hypocrisy to disguise their own vile acts.
“Tonight the APC has raised the spectre of the PDP ‘recruiting armed thugs to attack ward and LGS collation centres’ overnight. Let us put this statement into perspective:
“Who introduced INEC and the Card Reader and PVC system to create a more transparent electoral process? The PDP.
“Who in 2015 when holding all the levers of power ran what is widely agreed to be the freest and fair elections in Nigeria’s history which resulted in its own defeat? The PDP.
“Who oversaw the peaceful handover of power from an incumbent President to an opponent? The PDP.
“We would ask Nigerians and the world to compare and contrast our record with the APC and judge their book by its cover.
“Who unconstitutionally suspended the Chief Justice the day before he was due to appoint the judges for the election tribunals? The APC.
“Who put armed thugs on the streets in PDP strongholds to burn ballot boxes, suppress our voters and kill our people? The APC.”
” Who allowed one of their senior party leaders in charge of Activate Technology to provide the upgraded Card Readers to polling units in PDP areas to slow down the vote? The APC.
“So why when voters across the country have expressed their preference in millions for Atiku to be the next President would the PDP want to disrupt the collation.
“So we demand that the President who has promised us and the world free and fair elections to call off his attack dogs or see his legacy sink to levels of opprobrium not seen since before the return of democracy to Nigeria.
“We recognise the common sense and intelligence of the Nigerian people to see through their subterfuge and nefarious plot and maintain their vigilance during this long night.
“The night may be long but if we all play our part the light of the new dawn will see us to a better land.Be part of history. #BeVigilant. ”
Legit.ng had reported earlier that the presidency raised the alarm over an alleged plot by the PDP to disrupt the collation of results of the presidential and national assembly elections held on Saturday, February 23.
In a statement by the All Progressives Congress Campaign Council which was shared by presidential spokesman Femi Adesina, the PDP was accused of reportedly hiring thugs across the country to spoil the collation process.