The All Progressives Congress, APC, on Monday slammed the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, over its claim that the ruling party has perfected plot to rig the 2023 general elections.
In a statement by the National Secretary of the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Senator John Akpanudoedehe, said the allegation was baseless.
The statement said, “The idle conspiracies and wild allegations being bandied by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on the procurement of E-voting machines and plans to rig the 2023 elections, is clear testimony that the PDP has already conceded election defeat long before the 2023 electioneering process.
“In its desperate bid to remain in public reckoning, the PDP has recently resorted to many diversionary activities, including the recent misguided court case instituted against the national caretaker leadership of the APC which has been generally dismissed as an abuse of court process. The PDP has now issued an irrational and baseless statement on imagined plans to rig the 2023 general elections.”
The APC insisted the Buhari government had performed well since its inception in 2015, adding that the PDP is clearly unsettled and afraid of the ruling party’s widespread popularity.
“Hence, the PDP’s imaginary, baseless and concocted allegations of a plan to rig the 2023 elections. The APC will not learn the PDP’s bad habits on election fraud
“On the part of the APC, there is no need to rig any election because the electoral choice has already been made by Nigerians who continue to vote for the APC, our latest victory being the bye-election for the House of Representatives seat for the Lere Federal Constituency in Kaduna state.
“Going by PDP’s past and current antecedents, it is obvious that Nigerians will continue to reject the party.
“PDP’s rejection is further reinforced by APC’s widely accepted and hugely successful membership registration exercise which has recorded APC membership strength at over 40 million.
“The gale of defections by PDP members and leaders to the APC has left the failed opposition party in a camatose state, rendering it incapable of matching the APC in a free, fair and transparent electoral contest.
“The rudderless PDP leadership has undoubtedly brought the failed opposition party to its knees permanently.
“Under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC government, the credibility of elections has continued to improve.
“The APC will continue to support constitutionally-permitted innovations by our election management bodies to ensure the sanctity of votes and the entire electioneering process.
“In all elections, valid votes must count and the will of the majority of electorates must prevail. That is our progressive mantra in the APC.”