A candidate of the Accord Party in the forthcoming by-election into the Delta State House of Assembly in Warri-South Constituency 1, Princess Shola Daibo, has accused the All Progressives Congress and the Independent a National Electoral Commission of plotting to rig the election.
Daibo, in a statement issued by her Director on Media and Publicity, Mr. Ojere Eremosele, said forces within the APC had concluded plans to rig the election in favour of their candidate.
The Accord Party is fielding Daibo for the election scheduled for Wednesday, 26 April, 2017, by INEC.
The assembly seat became vacant following the death of Mrs Omawumi Udoh at a London hospital where she was receiving treatment for a cancer-related illness.
After the seat was declared vacant, INEC announced a by-election for Wednesday, 26 April, 2017.
The Accord Party, in the statement issued in Warri, said, “There was a meeting held in Abuja in the house of a sitting minister from the Niger Delta in the President Muhammadu Buhari administration where plans were made to mastermind the rigging of the aforementioned election.
“The aims and objectives of this gathering is to carefully and craftily mastermind the rigging of the House of Assembly election using state resources, agencies and executive fiat.”
Daibo noted that the APC lacked the capacity to match the grassroots spread of the Accord Party in Warri-South and had resorted to deploying machinery to emasculate the Accord Party and its candidate.
“We condemn this act of cowardice in very strong terms and, therefore, wish to register our stand and warn that any attempt to rig the election will be maximally resisted. Attempts to subvert the will of the electorate as expressed by their votes will be resisted by all means possible”, the statement added.