27th June, 2022
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has rubbished claims that it has earmarked a whopping N6.5 trillion to buy votes in next year’s presidential and other elections.
The allegation was contained in a purported leaked document on social media indicating that the APC planned to buy votes and engage fraudulent schemes with N6.5 trillion to sway voters to its side.
But Felix Morka, APC’s spokesman, in a statement on Monday said the party’s attention had been drawn to a document in circulation described as “leaked APC 2023 Election Document.”
Morka said mischievously, the document alleged that the party had voted a whopping N6.5 trillion to fund schemes aimed at swaying the Nigerian electorate to support and vote for the party and its presidential candidate in 2023.
He stated that the document alleged that obscene amounts of money had been voted for outright vote-buying; compromising INEC staff; security operatives; judicial officers and other officials.
“The APC wishes to place firmly on record that the document is not of the party. We neither authored nor own any such document, and it certainly did not emanate from our party.
“Indubitably, the document is the handiwork of very sick elements of the opposition PDP in a desperate quest for unmerited electoral advantage by attempting to smear our party with wrongdoing,” he said.
Morka wondered how in the world did a government operating a national budget of N17 trillion dole out N6.5 trillion to rig elections.
He said the party is focused on delivering the dividends of democracy to Nigerians in hope that they would reciprocate by supporting and voting for their candidates come 2023 elections.
He added that the party was a law-abiding one and had no need to engage in any fraud and electoral malpractice suggested in the worthless document.
“Only a party that is a masterful looter of the national treasury such as the PDP can even imagine another capable of engaging in the kinds of atrocious acts the document suggests,” he said.
Morka urged Nigerians to disregard the document as sleazy propaganda for which the PDP had gained notoriety.
He said the APC remained committed to building an innovative system of free and credible elections as witnessed in the recently concluded Governorship elections in Ekiti State.