By Wale Ibrahim, Lokoja
The Kogi State Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) raised alarm over plans by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to rig the forthcoming bye election.
In a statement by the party issued and signed by Kabiru Mohammed, on behalf of Mallam Bashiru Abubakar campaign organization, says it has it on good authority that the APC working in connivance with the Independent National Electoral Commission, has relocated the local government coalition centers to Lokoja and Kogi LGA Secretariat.
The PDP said this would be the first time in the history of the state that local government council Secretariat would be used as coalition centres.
The PDP says it has been briefed that the Administrators who are interested parties in the bye election, are to use their offices in the Secretariat to manipulate the results.
The PDP says part of the plan to manipulate the poll is for security agencies who would be working for government, allow staff and government agents access in and out of the Secretariat.
To be able to hatch their evil plans of thwarting the will of the people, the Local government Secretariat the PDP says has been arranged to serve as a rigging field, but warned that insider sources have exposed their plans.
The PDP called on INEC to absolves itself from the plans, by making the local government headquarters of INEC as coalition centers, pointing out that any attempt to test the will of the people would be resisted.
While pointing out that the PDP is positioned to win the forthcoming bye election, it says the people of the federal constituency having been impoverished by the APC led administration in the state is resolved to vote against the APC.
The PDP therefore called on the people of Lokoja and Kogi LGAs to be ready to vote and protect their votes, urged them to know that a vote for the APC is a vote for hunger, poverty and that they are happy and want to continue to suffer .
In a swift reaction, the Head of Department, Voter s Education INEC, Alhaji Bagudu Biambo stated that there was no iota truth in the statement credited to PDP .
Bimbo noted it is a cock and boom story, saying that the Local government of Independent National Electoral Commission offices have always been used as collation centres and it has not changed since .