By James Sowole in Akure
As the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) continued with the registration of voters preparatory to the November 2016 Gubernatorial Election in Ondo State, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday accused the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state of engaging in parallel voters registration.
The INEC on Wednesday commenced the Continuous Voters Registration (CVR) in 203 wards in the state in order to provide opportunities for those who did not register during the last exercise or those who had clocked 18 years after the last registration to be able to register so that they can vote during the forthcoming election in the state.
Suspicious of the APC which also commenced the digital registration of new members of the party, the PDP alleged that the action of the APC was a calculated attempt towards compromising future elections in the state.
The PDP allegation was contained in a statement signed by the party’s Director of Publicity, Ayo Fadaka saying the APC’s suspicious exercise was now a common sight in all local government areas in the state.
“This action of the APC is calculated towards compromising future election results in Ondo State and this attitude is not only criminal but absolutely unpatriotic.
“It is also important to also declare that we got wind of this development earlier in the week and we wrote letters to the security agencies in the State on Monday 24th June, informing them and equally requested that they be proactive and arrest this criminal development, but it seems our desire in this regard has been rejected.
“We again appeal to INEC and the Security agencies to again stop the APC from taking actions geared towards compromising our elections through the implementation of fraudulent projects like this”, the PDP stated.
While warning that the APC may be unwittingly sowing a seed of discord in this State if it continues to design programs that are intended to rig elections, , Fadaka said the plot would not work as the PDP would do all within its capability to ensure that the elections area free and fair.
Reacting to the allegation, the APC Spokesman, Abayomi Adesanya said the PDP’s accusation was nothing but ranting of a confused group that do not know what to do again.
While describing the allegation as figment of the imagination, Adesanya said what the APC was doing was just an exercise to know the actual number of its membership across the state.