Rigging allegation: PDP has conceded defeat ahead 2023, says APC

Yobe state Governor Mai Buni

The All Progressives Congress (APC) said the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has already conceded defeat even before the forthcoming 2320 general elections are held.

The governing party described PDP’s allegation on the procurement of E-voting machines as “idle conspiracies and wild”, saying it was clear testimony that the opposition party has “already conceded election defeat long before the 2023 electioneering process.”

In a statement signed Monday in Abuja by the APC national secretary of the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), John James Akpanudoedehe, said 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 PDP is clearly unsettled and afraid of the APC’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.”

Akpanudoedehe said 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.”

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