The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has dismissed the allegation of vote-buying leveled against it by the All Progressives Congress (APC).
It would be recalled that the ruling APC had accused PDP’s presidential aspirants of votes buying in its just concluded National Elective Convention.
But in a statement on Monday by Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP National Publicity Secretary, the main opposition party described the allegations as not only false but completely unfounded.
According to Ologbondiyan, the governing party has totally lost bearing and now engaged in rumour mongering.
“Such allegation from the APC is not unexpected given that it had tried everything possible to scuttle our national convention and Presidential primary but woefully failed, hence the desperation to engage in attempt to discredit the process that has been acclaimed as the beat in our political history.
“Unlike the APC that has an unpopular Presidential candidate, who has failed in governance, foisted on it without an election, the whole world watched with excitement as 12 aspirants contested the PDP Presidential primary, where delegates drawn from respected Nigerians across the country, freely voted for a candidate of their choice.
“To the amusement of Nigerians, the APC conducted a non-contested convention in which it declared President Buhari as “winner” with over 14 million fictitious votes,” the party said.
The party’s spokesperson said the ruling party’s reaction indicates a defeatist approach that shows that the APC and the Buhari Presidency are afraid of its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
Ologbondiyan added: “Strangely, the APC declared a candidate as having won when there was never a contest – a charade by a deceptive party with duplicitous leaders.
“While we note that the APC is suffering from a pre-defeat trauma, we caution this fading party and its presidential candidate, who had failed our nation, to steer clear of our party and get ready for issue-based campaign ahead of the 2019 elections.
“It is instructive to state that their attempt at smear campaign against our candidate, Atiku Abubakar, will fail as Nigerians are interested only in the candidate that can make a turn around of the ugly situation Buhari Presidency has sunk us”.
OWEDE AGBAJILEKE, Abuja