Ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), said it is not plotting to rig the 2023 general elections.
National Secretary, APC Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Sen. John Akpanudoedehe, in a statement on Monday in Abuja, said the allegations by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP was baseless.
“The idle conspiracies and wild allegations being bandied by the 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,’’ he said.
He however, accused the PDP of being desperate to remain in public reckoning and is resorting to many diversionary activities which include the recent misguided court case instituted against the APC national caretaker leadership; which he said had been generally dismissed as an abuse of court process.
He said the PDP was clearly unsettled and afraid of the ruling party’s widespread popularity.
Akpanudoedehe, said this was the reason for its imaginary, baseless and concocted allegations of a plan to rig the 2023 elections; adding that the APC would not learn PDP’s bad habits on election fraud.
He assured that there would be no need to rig any election because according to him; the electoral choice has already been made by Nigerians who have to continue voting for APC and its candidates.
“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,” he said.
Akpanudoedehe, observed that defections by PDP members and leaders to the APC had left it in a comatose state; rendering it incapable of competing in a free, fair and transparent electoral contest, adding that PDP leadership has undoubtedly brought the party to its knees permanently.
He affirmed that under the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC government; the credibility of elections had continued to improve and assured that the APC would continue to support constitutionally permitted innovations by INEC; aimed at ensuring the sanctity of votes and the entire electioneering process.