Lagos - The All Progressives Congress (APC) claimed it had unearthed a manual by the People's Democratic Party (PDP) to rig Saturday's 9 August 2014 Osun State governorship election.
It alleged the manual is complete with projected fake results in all the 30 local government areas of the state.
At a press conference in Osogbo APC Chairman John Odigie Oyegun said the rigging plans were contained in two documents prepared by the PDP in Osun, and which are now in the possession of the APC.
The first is a 'secret' document marked ''HIGHLY CONFIDENTIAL'' that contains a meticulous outline of plans to rig the election, polling unit by polling unit, using pre-programmed ballot papers already designed and thumb printed with vanishing ink in favor of PDP.
The second document, entitled ''Task Force: Operation (PDP) takeover of Osun'' lists the actions to be taken at most of the 30 Local Government Areas in the state, including thuggery, snatching of ballot boxes and instigation of violent clashes, the PDP members to coordinate the recommended actions and the APC members to be arrested to pave the way for such actions.
The party said the 'secret' document further contained the plan to deploy specified numbers of impression ballot papers and vanishing ink in 1,195 polling units across 155 wards in all Local Government Areas of Osun State, in addition to a plan to de-register 47 000 voters, whose Voters Identification Numbers have been illegally acquired so they won't find their names on the voters register on election day.
APC gave the breakdown of the self-allotted figures, as contained in the document, as Atakumosa East (10 000); Atakumosa West (10 000), Ayedaade (15 000), Ayedire (10 000), Boluwaduro (5 000); Boripe (10 000); Ede North (10 130); Ede South (10000); Egbedoret(10 000); Ejigbo (15 000); Ife Central (35 000); Ifedayo (7 000); Ife East (33 018); Ifelodun (15 000) and Ife North (20 000).
Others listed in the rigging document are: Ife South (20 000); Ila (10 000); Ilesa East (10 000); Ilesa West (10 340); Irepodun (10 007); Irewole (20 105); Isokan (10,000); Iwo (15 000); Obokun (10 203); Odo-Otin (10 107); Ola-Oluwa (5 070); Olorunda (15 000); Oriade (10 000); Orolu (7 936) and Osogbo (28 000).
The party said the elaborate and audacious plan is to be carried out in connivance with key INEC officials from the National Headquarters, and those deployed from other states, with the staunch backing of all security agencies deployed for the election, with particularly-mobilised personnel, former militants and masked thugs impersonating security officials under a
combined team code named 'Election Task Force', directly under the instructions of. Musiliu Obanikoro (Minister of State for Defence) and Jelili Adesiyan (Minister of Police Affairs), Femi Fani-Kayode and Chris
APC said the outlined rigging plans explain why the PDP has been boasting repeatedly that it would capture Osun, having successfully executed similar plans in Delta Senatorial, Anambra governorship and Ekiti governorship elections.
"All these point to the fact that PDP's devilish plans to destroy our nascent democracy would stop at nothing to achieve its aim. We hereby put all stakeholders on red alert. We call on Prof. Attahiru Jega to ensure that his name does not go down in infamy as some others have," the opposition stated.
It called on the police and security agencies to intervene.
"We appeal to all Nigerians and particularly the Osun electorates to be extra vigilant and ensure that their will is not subverted by this on-rushing brigade of evil,'' the party said, vowing to put all machinery in place to safeguard the mandate of its teeming supporters and resist all forms of intimidation or devilish manipulation of the voting process." PDP could not be available for comment.
- CAJ News