…alleges APC plots to rig through manual accreditation
The state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Dan Orbih,
has alleged a plot by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to rig the
September 28 governorship election through the use of manual accreditation
Orbih, however, stated at a press conference yesterday in Benin that the
PDP would insist on the use of the card readers for accreditation of
voters in the election.
He said that the APC had planned to influence the Independent National
Electoral Commission (INEC) to dump the card readers for manual
accreditation as part of its grand plan to manipulate the process and skew
the outcome in its favour.
Orbih stated that the APC is using the eighteen days by which the election
was postponed to, among other vote-catching gimmicks, perfect its rigging
According to him, “It is clear to the APC that there is no way it can win
in a free and fair contest. Consequently, there is a plan by the APC to,
among other things, ensure that the card readers do not function.”
He accused the state governor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, and his agents of
instigating the mass arrests of PDP leaders and members by the police
ahead of September 28 so as to dampen the morale of party members and its
He alleged that the mass arrests and intimidation had since commenced.
Orbih displayed a letter of invitation from the police to a party leader
claiming an investigation into the leader’s conduct that could lead to a
security breach, pointing out that this was a pattern being adopted to
harass PDP members.
He also said that as part of the plan to intimidate uncompromising
influential members of the party, the state governor and his agents had
sent thugs after them.
He stated that the PDP has recorded casualties with members sustaining
various degrees of injury from gunshots.
He displayed photographs of some members who were allegedly attacked.
Orbih also alleged that as part of the grand plan to rig the rescheduled
election, the state governor acting in concert with his highly influential
contacts at INEC, is planning to replace all the Electoral Officers in Edo
State with Electoral Officers from APC-controlled states.
While thanking Edo people whose resolve to change the APC has put the
ruling party on edge, Orbih assured them that the PDP would do everything
legally possible to ensure that their votes for the PDP in the September
He stated that the PDP would resist all attempts by the ruling party to
rig the election.
Responding to questions about the allegations made by Governor Oshiomhole
that the PDP received two billion naira from a PDP governor and that it
registered eight thousand militants from the neighbouring states, Orbih
said there was no truth in the allegations.
He challenged the governor to show proof of such financial transaction as
two billion naira is not an amount that you can move around in cash.
He also stated that it was an indictment of the security agencies for the
governor to claim that eight thousand armed men had moved into the state
to disrupt the election., pointing out that the governor was only showing
signs of desperation knowing full well that the people have rejected the