The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of sponsoring false reports on some online platforms purporting that the PDP was seeking to rig the September 19 election.
The online report had alleged that former Senate President Bukola Saraki was mounting pressure on the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to help the PDP rig the poll.
But in a reaction on Thursday, the PDP accused the leadership of the APC of plotting to use fabrications in a section of the media to arm-twist the INEC to manipulate the Edo election for the APC candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
In a statement by the spokesman for the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party accused the APC of attempts to use the false reports to blackmail INEC into rigging the election for the APC.
The statement said the false report has further exposed the hopelessness of the APC and its candidate over their rejection by the Edo people and now seek to blackmail the INEC.
The statement said: “Whereas we understand APC’s despondency over the soaring popularity of our party and candidate, Governor Godwin Obaseki, the APC is worsening its woes by sponsoring fabrications against the expressed will of the people of Edo State to re-elect Governor Obaseki in the September election.
“The APC, by now, should know that attempting to rig, by any way whatsoever, will surely be met with stiff resistance and dire consequences from the people.
“Our party counsels the APC to blame nobody but themselves for having a discredited nomination process and being stuck with a blighted candidate, who has become a symbol of a direct affront by corrupt political godfathers and cabal to the will, ability and liberty of the people of Edo State to choose their own leader.”