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APC, PDP trade accusations over plans to disrupt elections

It alleged that the N9 billion recently paid out to some ex-militants and ethnic militias is aimed at mobilising them to scuttle the polls
APC in a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its national publicity secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the protests by MASSOB last week seeking the sack of INEC Chairman Attahiru Jega was orchestrated by the administration as part of its efforts to sabotage the elections.
It said the next group that has been mobilised to protest against Jega and the use of card readers is the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC).
APC further alleged that more ethnic militias would be enlisted by the Jonathan administration to continue the protest against Jega and the card reader, in order to give the impression that Nigerians want Jega sacked and are also against the use of the card reader.
The party expressed sadness that a president who inherited a united nation has done everything he can to divide the country along ethnic and religious lines, including patronising ethnic militias who serve no other purpose than to champion sectional interests at the expense of national unity.
“A profligate government that has been bribing people with dollars and ferrying huge funds around practically to buy votes has outdone itself by paying out all of N9 billion to a few Nigerians, with less than three weeks to the elections,” it said.
The Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation (PDPPCO) however dismissed as false, the statement that the Jonathan administration is sponsoring ethnic militias to disrupt the general elections.
Director of media and publicity of the PDPPCO, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, who reacted in Abuja, said it is not true that the PDP or the federal government is sponsoring ethnic militias.   
 “We will remain focused on the issues.  We will talk about their weaknesses and we will also talk about the achievements of President Goodluck Jonathan on why it is important that he is re-elected back into power on March 28.  That is our focus.,”he said.

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