The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its governorship candidate, Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu of plotting to manipulate the upcoming governorship election in Edo State.

The party in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan on Thursday, July 9, 2020, asked the APC to stop sponsoring fake reports to arm-twist the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The PDP said the APC was plotting to “use fabrications in a section of the media to arm-twist the Independent National Electoral Commission, to manipulate the Edo state governorship election for their rejected candidate, Osagie Ize-Iyamu.”

“In sponsoring fake reports that PDP leaders were putting pressure on INEC Chairman, Prof. Yakubu Mahmood, on the Edo election, the APC has further exposed its hopelessness over their rejection by the Edo people and now seeks to blackmail the Commission.

The PDP further said that “Our party counsels the APC to blame nobody but themselves for having a discredited nomination process and being stuck with a blighted candidate, who has now become a symbol of a direct affront by corrupt political godfathers and cabal to the will, ability and liberty of the people of Edo state to choose their own leader.”