A woman walks past a poster bearing a picture of leading opposition All Progressive Congress presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari along the highway in Lagos on January 14, 2014. Nigerians go to the polls in a month's time to elect a new president ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Abuja - The ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressive Congress (APC) of devising schemes to
derail and compromise the electoral process.
National Publicity Secretary of the ruling party, Olisa Metuh, speaking during a conference in Abuja, was deploying all manner of schemes in the process.
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We have with us an opposition party, which has been deploying all manner of schemes to derail and compromise the electoral process, he said.
Today, if the APC is not instigating violence or threatening democracy and our very existence as a nation, the party is busy procuring criminal hi-tech to hack into INEC's data-base or clone the Permanent Voters Card (PVC).
The next day, the same party would connive with some unscrupulous electoral officers to deny non-indigents in some select states their PVCs while busy making bogus promises to the electorates, Metuh said.
Metuh was referring to the allegations the opposition had hacked into the Independent National Electoral Commission's system and cloned PVCs.
Security personnel have previously raided the party's data centre but it has not been ascertained if indeed APC committed the crime.
Metuh said since its formation about two years ago, the APC had introduced and sustained an unfortunate political streak sustained by lies, character assassination, false alarm, wild allegations, and lately visual simulation all in the desperation to deceive and misdirect the judgment of the electorate.
He said the deceitful tendency of the APC came to light in its promise to create 740 000 direct jobs in each of the 36 states of the federation.
These promises are therefore either bogus or part of their plot to subject the citizens to a harsh tax regime ostensibly to finance Bourdilon Drive and other personal interests, the real reason they desperately seek power.
The APC, whose officials could not be reached for comment, is seen as the biggest threat to the PDP's stranglehold on power in the upcoming election