The ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Akwa Ibom State has tackled the Young Progressives Party, YPP, for accusing it of plotting to rig the March 11 gubernatorial/House of Assembly elections in the state.
Recall that YPP State Chairman, Apostle Nyeneime Andy during a press conference in Uyo on Tuesday. raised the alarm that the PDP has concluded a plan with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to rig the upcoming general election.
Andy also disclosed an alleged plan by the PDP to impress on the electoral umpire to submit the original result sheets of all the Units, wards and LGAs to them penultimate to the election day where the election figures would be falsified.
But the PDP in a statement on Wednesday signed by its publicity secretary, Mr Borono Bassey said the YPP was crying foul and raising false alarm having foreseen its defeat at the end of March 11 polls.
According to PDP statement, “We have read the text of the Press Conference by the Chairman of the Young Progressives Party (YPP), wherein the Party made efforts to explain to her few members why they will again record an embarrassing outing of defeat in the March 11 Governorship and House of Assembly elections, like they suffered in the February 25th 2023 Presidential and National Assembly elections.
“At that Press Conference, the State Chairman of the YPP, and the General Overseer of an Uyo-based church, Apostle Nyeneime Andy, strenuously broke sweat trying to pin wild and outrightly false accusations on the INEC, Governor Udom Emmanuel and the PDP;
“It was indeed a crying shame to see the State Chairman of the YPP, a party which could not win even one seat in the just concluded National Assembly election, gather the handful of their members and sit in front of the media to shamelessly blame their woeful failure on other factors other than the truth which is that Akwa Ibom people have seen through the deceits and selfishness which is the foundation of their decision to congregate as Political Party.”
He also denied the allegation that Gov Udom Emmanuel was at the INEC office for many hours and challenged the YPP to provide evidence to prove that.
Bassey said the PDP and the security agencies in Nigeria received intelligence that YPP had ferried in thugs from neighboring states and was camping them in facilities owned by known chieftains in preparation to use in executing their evil plan at the elections.
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