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APC: Bullion Vans Used to Convey Ballot Papers to Osun PDP's Office


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Nigeria

August.08.2014

The Osun State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday raised the alarm over what it described as the surreptitious  transportation of millions of ballot papers into the state with a bullion van by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from Abuja on Wednesday.

Also, a Physically Challenged Democratic Vanguard, (PCDV) in the state has equally tasked people with disabilities in the state to ensure they perform their civic rights on Saturday by voting for candidates of their choice.

A statement titled,“In Spite of Mr. President’s Assurances We Still Have Shenanigans,' and signed by the state party chairman, Adelowo Adebiyi, and the Director of Publicity, Kunle Oyatomi,  said the bullion van was parked at the PDP secretariat until the wee hours of  yesterday before it was taken to an unknown destination.

This ballot papers, the party stated, was brought in preparatory to thumb print them at a Catholic school in Ife Odan and to be surreptitiously added to the party’s tally in all wards and councils in Saturday’s election.
The statement also added that there was credible information to the effect that vehicles belonging to the Federal Roads Safety Commission (FRSC) are to be used for the distribution of the ballot papers to the selected areas where the PDP plans to use them to subvert the wishes of the people.

The statement noted that the crude method PDP was adopting is completely contrary to the assurance President Goodluck Jonathan gave to the people of the state that the election will be free and fair in all ramifications. The party thus condemned in strong terms the desperate act of sabotage by the PDP aimed at winning election at all cost.

The statement said inter alias: “We condemn this subterfuge in its entirety. It is an act of desperation and a cynical vote of no confidence on the democratic process and the inalienable right of the people to freely choose their leaders.

“President Jonathan assured the people of the state  last Saturday of his commitment to free and fair election and disavowal of rigging and electoral fraud.

“The evidence before us now is to the contrary. The president should be true to his words and rein in his party members, who appear hell bent to truncate our hard earned democracy, if they fail in their diabolical bid to rule the state at all cost."

According to the party, “The PDP must know that the people of the state are determined to have only their votes counted and to make only their votes count. They are willing on Saturday to let the whole world know that the only way in a democracy to acquire political power is to win their hearts and minds.”

Meanwhile, the party warned all stakeholders involved in conduct of the election, particularly the security agencies and the ad hoc staff of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to be above board before, during and after the election process.

It also called on the people of the state to be on the look out and the sensitive to all activities in their areas and report any suspicious movement to the appropriate quarters for quick intervention.

The statement continued: “We are therefore urging security agencies, the INEC and especially the people of the affected area, to be vigilant and be on the lookout for suspicious activities, which may be tantamount to subversion of  our hard-earned democracy.
“Our people must also ensure that such subversive activities should not be condoned or allowed to happen in their precinct."

However, the Coordinator of PCDV, Mr Ayo Oyetunde, in a statement made available to THISDAY said it becames important for disabled persons who registered to vote.

Oyetunde said: "It is only through the ballot boxes that we can vote for the candidate that will carry us along in the scheme of things.
"As true Nigerians, we must join in the democratisation process that will lead to the emergence of a truly popular government.
"For those with disability in the area of mobility, let us seek assistance from those close to us by preparing ahead.

"Our challenges should not be a stumbling block or a reason for us to disenfranchise us," Oyetunde noted.
He maintained that the presence of security operatives should not scare people with physical challenges away from polling units.
"Once we do not contravene laws guiding election, the security officers, apart from protecting us, should be ready to assist us," the group stated.

Article Credit: Thisdaylive

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