The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) says the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is crying wolf over the withholding of presidential assent to the amended Electoral Act because it had planned to use Russian agents to hack into the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Yekini Nabena stated this on Thursday during an interview session with journalists in Abuja, alleging that the PDP had enlisted the services of some hackers from Russia with a view to compromising INEC’s servers in next year’s general elections.
Nabena wondered why the PDP was now fidgeting about the same law and procedures that it had used in conducting past elections in the country.
He said the current uneasy disposition of the PDP is a fallout of the various plans the party had hatched during the recent meeting it held in Dubai with its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
“The Act we are using now was created by the PDP. They created a law and they are now afraid to use it. That does not sound right. What the PDP are doing, they are playing out what they designed in Dubai.
“They started with the labour strike on minimum wage in order to cause problems in the country but it did not work. They brought ASUU strike, it did not work and then they tried to instigate fuel scarcity which also did not work.
“These were all part of their grand design in Dubai and so the last bid is the Electoral Act. Look at the way they are going about it, saying that if the President does not sign it, they will file on to the streets in demonstration.
“Look at them, at their age. But we are waiting for them. Normally if you vote, the Electoral Officer is supposed to count the votes and announce them before transmitting to the collation centre.
“But now you are telling us that they do not need to announce the votes, that they should just transmit. That is all part of their Dubai plan, trying to bring in Russian agents to hack the system.
“That is their joker, to hack into the system and manipulate true figures before transmitting them. Saraki and all of them went to Russia and perfected the plan with the hackers.
“So, we all know what they are trying to do, trying to bring in stolen money into the system but vote buying and money politics won’t work this time around”, Nabena stressed.