…..Alleges The Party Of Planning To Buy Vote
Ahead of the bye-elections in Lagos East Senatorial District and Kosofe state Constituency 2 on Saturday Dec. 5th, the All Progressives Congress (APC), has raised alarm over plans by the major opposition party, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to disrupt the electoral process, alleging the party of planning to engage in vote buying.
APC, in a statement by its State Publicity Secretary, Hon. Seye Oladejo, accused the PDP of mobilising hoodlums and miscreants from within and outside the state to disrupt the electoral process in polling areas the PDP may likely get poor results.
The party, however, called on the security agents to be vigilant to arrest any situation that might be capable of disrupting the electoral process, calling on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to remain impartial and deliver on its responsibility to the nation.
” Our attention has been drawn to certain developments that are capable of disrupting the by-elections for Lagos East Senatorial district and the Lagos State House of Assembly for Kosofe 2 slated for this Saturday.
” The members of APC in the areas where the elections will be conducted have observed the unusual mobilization of hoodlums and miscreants from within and outside the state to disrupt the electoral process in polling areas where the PDP will likely return poor results.
” Similarly, arrangements have been concluded to buy votes which negates the provision of the electoral laws.
” Our intelligence revealed the conclusion to pay the sum of N5,000 per vote to undermine the process.
” Therefore, we are calling on the security agents to be vigilant to arrest any situation that is capable of disrupting the electoral process and INEC to remain impartial and deliver on their responsibility to the nation.
” Our members and supporters are hereby enjoined to protect their votes in the best interest of our nascent democracy”, said Lagos APC.
Meanwhile, some residents of Lagos East Senatorial District had disclosed that the PDP has perfected plan to buy a vote with N5, 000 in the district.
The residents, however, asked INEC, Nigeria Police and other security agencies to be at alert, warning that they would resist any plot to undermine the process.
In separate statements on Thursday, the residents alleged that their findings showed that the PDP and its senatorial candidate for Lagos East bye-election, Mr. Babatunde Gbadamosi had set machinery to spend huge amount of money to buy votes and cause confusion.
Specifically, Mr. Mansur Akoni alleged that he was aware of the PDP’s plan to buy a vote with N5, 000 to win the bye-election at all cost, which according to him, would be resisted and frustrated.
Akoni, an Ikorodu resident, warned against any attempt by the main opposition party “to buy votes on the day of the bye-election. We are waiting for them. We will resist any plot to manipulate the outcome of the bye-election.”
He, therefore, asked the Nigeria Police to investigate allegation that the PDP was allegedly planning to pay each eligible voter N5, 000 to gain advantage in the Lagos East bye-election already rescheduled for tomorrow.
In his own statement, an Epe resident, Mr. Olatunde Giwa alleged that most agents of the PDP had been harassing peace-loving people, which he argued, could lead to violence and hijacking of ballot boxes on the day of the bye-election.
Giwa, also, alleged that the PDP agents “have been wooing unsuspecting voters, even going as far as collecting their permanent voters cards (PVCs) with a promise to give each of them N5, 000.
“The INEC should take necessary measures to frustrate their plot. The security operatives should be at alert to protect the decision of the people. On our part, we are ready to resist all agents of electoral malpractices. We are peaceful people, but will not allow anti-democratic forces to steal the mandate of the people,” he said.