The African Democratic Congress (ADC) has accused the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) and President Muhammadu Buhari of bribing opposition parties with N50million to compromise them.
This was revealed by the National Chairman of the party, Ralphs Nwosu, while addressing officials of the National Democratic Institute (NDI) and International Republican Institute (IRI) at the party’s headquarters in Abuja.
According to Nwosu, the decision of Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan, to accept defeat and congratulate his opponent even before the final announcement of the result was a hallmark performance of the successes Nigeria’s democracy made since 1999.
“However, the events of the last three years seem to be undermining all the gains.
“In terms of elections, the bye-election in Rivers State turned the territory to a police state and a battlefield until the government of President Buhari, working with relevant agencies of the state, got the ‘hacked’ result they wanted.
“Despite the poverty in the land, the ruling party and government have unlimited budget for bribing the electorate, electoral bodies and causing mischief.
“The APC and President Buhari’s team are presently sharing N50m to members of the opposition parties in an attempt to cause crises within the parties. I heard that they have upped that of ADC to N100m, but they will fail.”
He said that the party which had already been adopted by former President Olusegun Obasanjo-led Coalition of Nigeria Movement, currently have 6.5million membership, adding that it is a grassroots party with 1.2million fee-paying members.
Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, the spokesman of the APC, has however vehemently rejected the allegations. He challenged the ADC to back its claim with evidence instead of soiling the nation’s image with unsubstantiated claims.
“It is unfortunate that some Nigerians would think that they are playing opposition politics by making wild allegations before international organisations, that’s quite unfortunate.
“These individuals making these wild allegations cannot give you one shred of evidence to back their claims. Let them name the person or persons that made them such an offer.
“At least, they must be able to name a person who is offering money to cause trouble within them. If you can go as far as making allegations that have far-reaching implications on the reputation of your country, if that means anything to you at all, he should be bold enough to back it up with evidence.”
Mr. Christopher Fomunyoh, the Regional Director, Central and West Africa of the NDI, who is the head of the team, said that they visited Nigeria to assess the level of preparedness for the 2019 general elections.
“We are currently visiting Nigeria to assess the level of preparations for the 2019 elections,” he said.
“It is our tradition to meet with all major stakeholders focusing on the electoral process. We also came to see what opportunities exist for future engagements,” he added.