APC, PDP trade accusations ahead of polls

Ekiti State

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the main opposition, People Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State, have engaged in a war of words in less than 24 hours to the country’s general election.

The two parties are accusing each other of trying to disrupt Saturday’s elections.

Briefing newsmen in Ado Ekiti, the  State capital, the chairman of the PDP in the state, Gboyega Oguntuase accused the APC of trying to intimidate its supporters in an overnight attack on its secretariat.

“Overnight, the state secretariat of our party was attacked. Every banner there was torched.

“Our security guard was beaten up and the billboard in front of our secretariat pulled down.

“We have reported the attack to the police and investigations have begun,” Oguntuashe said.

In a swift reaction, the Director General of the Buhari/Osinbajo organisation in Ekiti State, Dr Segun Osikolu debunked the allegations of the PDP.

He described the allegations as cheap blackmail by the opposition, intended to garner public sympathy in Saturday’s elections.

“I want to state clearly that APC is not complicit in any nefarious act and our brothers on the other side should stop pointing at us.

“We are focused and we have our eyes fixed on the target and no distraction from a drowning party like PDP can derail us,” Osikolu said.

Meanwhile, there is a visible presence of armed security personnel in and around the state capital, Ado-Ekiti.

Men of the Nigerian police and sister agencies were observed conducting random vehicle search on the outskirts of the state capital.

However, the city is calm and people have continued to go about their businesses.

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From Taiwo Ojedele, Ado-Ekiti

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