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Edo governorship: PDP accuses Tinubu, APC of planning to buy votes with N300m

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PDP has accused Bola Tinubu and other chieftains of the APC of planning to spend N300m in buying votes during the Edo governorship election

The campaign council of Edo state PDP made the allegation at a media briefing in Benin City

The party also accused the former national chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole of inviting soldiers to intimidate voters

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that it has uncovered a plan by Bola Bola Tinubu and other chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to spend N300m in buying votes during the Edo governorship election.

The campaign council of the Edo state PDP made the allegation at a media briefing in Benin City, The Guardian reported.

A spokesperson for the Edo campaign council, Chris Nehikhare claimed the N300m budgeted for the vote-buying would be sourced from council areas in Lagos state.

Nehikhare alleged that the council areas in Lagos had been mandated to contribute N15m each to finance the rigging plan.

He also accused the former national chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole of inviting solders from Kogi, Ondo and Lagos states to Edo with the aim of dissuading voters from participating in the election.

The PDP stated that the presence of the military officers has become a source of worry to residents and Edo electorate.

Meanwhile, as the Edo governorship election approaches, the APC and PDP have heightened the verbal attacks against each other despite the recent peace meeting at the palace of Oba of Benin.

In what looked like another game of wits, APC through its campaign media spokesperson, John Mayaki, alleged that Edo deputy governor Philip Shaibu was involved in gunrunning.

Mayaki, while alerting the security operatives, said the deputy governor was fingered in the collection of arms in Akoko-Edo local government in connection with some PDP members.

In another news report, six political parties in Edo have signed a peace accord pledging to eschew violence before, during and after the forthcoming governorship election in the state.

The parties are the APC, Zenith Labour Party, All Progressives Grand Alliance, Young Peoples Party, African Democratic Congress and the Allied Peoples Movement.

The peace meeting tagged “Stakeholders peace accord” was organised by the Conference of Non-Governmental Organisations (CONGOS).

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