….Says it is a Figment of Opposition’s Imagination
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has denied any links with a document which had over the weekend gone viral which alleged that the party was devising a strategy to undermine the sanctity of the 2023 elections through vote- buying and other schemes for which a whopping sum of N6trn had been budgeted.
The party spokesman Barrister Felix Morka said, “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”.
Morka on Monday in a statement , not only stated that his party had nothing to do with it but also said it is a Figment of the opposition’s imagination.
“The attention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been drawn to a document in circulation described as “leaked APC 2023 Election Document”, Morka said.
“Mischievously, the document alleged that our Party has voted a whooping N6.5trillion to fund schemes aimed at swaying the Nigerian electorate to support and vote for the Party and its Presidential Candidate in 2023.
“Ridiculously, too, the document alleged that obscene amounts of money have been voted for outright vote-buying; compromising INEC staff; security operatives; judicial officers and other officials.
He went further to put the blame on the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) saying, “indubitably, the document is the handiwork of very sick elements of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a desperate quest for unmerited electoral advantage by attempting to smear our Party with wrong doing.”
“In their zealous attempt to mudsling, the document’s authors senselessly alleged that our Party proposes to apply nearly half of the country’s entire 2022 budget to buy votes. How in the world does a government operating a national budget of N17trillion dole out N6.5trillion to rig elections? It clearly betrays the authors’ extreme ignorance of the complexity of the systems and processes for the appropriation and utilization of state funds”, Morka added.
“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.
“Our Party is focused on delivering the dividends of democracy to Nigerians in hope that they will reciprocate by supporting and voting for our candidates come 2023 elections. We are a law abiding Party and have no need to engage in any fraud and electoral malpractice suggested in that worthless document.
He urged Nigerians to disregard the document as sleazy propaganda for which the PDP has gained notoriety.
“The APC remains committed to building an innovative system of free and credible elections as witnessed in the recently concluded Governorship elections in Ekiti state”, Morka concluded.