by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
The All Progressives Congress (APC) of Kaduna State Chapter on Sunday condemned in strong terms, the alleged attempt by the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to ‘mislead’ the Gubernatorial Elections Tribunal and the public.
A statement issued and signed by the party’s State Secretary, Yahaya Baba Pate, APC alleged that, “In a desperate bid to rescue its fatally-flawed case, PDP has resorted to mutilating ballot papers and blaming it on the APC.”
Recalled that PDP, in a viral video, on Saturday raised alarm of uncovering some INEC staffs in a hideout, stamping and thumb-printing some ballot papers of local governments subpoena by Governorship Election Tribunal slated for Monday.
Reacting, the party stated that, “APC Kaduna State Chapter condemns in strong terms the attempt by the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) to mislead the Gubernatorial Elections Tribunal and the public.
“In the party’s desperate bid to rescue its fatally flawed case, it has resorted to mutilating ballot papers and blaming it on the APC,” it stated.
According to the release, “Contrary to the PDP’s false claims, APC has always been committed to upholding the highest standards of integrity and adherence to the rule of law.
“We categorically deny any involvement or intention to thumb-print ballot papers ahead of their admission as evidence in court.
“Such baseless accusations are nothing more than an attempt by the PDP to divert attention from their own misconduct and discredit the ongoing tribunal proceedings.”
The party called on the PDP to stop deploying subterfuge in their desperate attempt to gain undue advantage at the Gubernatorial Elections Tribunal.
“We urge them to respect the judicial process, present their case with credible evidence, and refrain from spreading misinformation that undermines the credibility of the tribunal and the democratic institutions of our great nation.
“APC remains confident in the impartiality and fairness of the Gubernatorial Elections Tribunal. We trust that the tribunal will conduct a thorough and unbiased examination of the facts presented before it, ensuring that justice is served and the will of the people is upheld.
“The APC reiterates its commitment to the democratic process, good governance, and the overall development of Kaduna State. We will continue to work tirelessly to fulfill the aspirations and expectations of the people, delivering on our promises and building a brighter future for all.
“We wish to call on the security agencies to beam their searchlight on the PDP elements, who staged this drama. This charade must not be allowed to continue,” it stated.