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Plateau By-election: APC debunks vote buying allegations

From Teryima Ajijah, Jos
The All Progressive Congress APC in Plateau state has dismissed allegations by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) accusing APC of vote buying against the forthcoming Plateau South senatorial election salacted for 31st October 2020.
Chairman campaign Council of the APC candidate Senator Victor Lar, debunked the insinuations on Saturday at the APC Secretariat in Jos, while briefing Journalists on the line up of campaign activities for the APC candidate, Prof Nora Daduut.
“The vote buying allegations as being speculated by our opponents is mere false alarm, no body is buying votes from the electorates. APC is a responsible political party, we can’t do that, moreover, APC is an acceptable political party here in the state, during the 2019 polls, we won our elections in the three geopolitical zones of the state without any form of manipulation, that is what we expect in the forthcoming by-election.”
Senator Lar described PDP in Plateau state as a divided house that can not stand.
“as you may be aware, PDP held it convention recently in the state, some persons ran to the court protesting the results, PDP is a divided house, it can’t withstand us (APC) we shall send Prof, Dame Nora Daduut to the national assembly as the first female senator from Plateau state, we in the APC are gender sensitive.”
According to Sen Lar, the campaigns for the bye-elections shall begin in Wase next Monday 12th October 2020, and end with a mega campaign rally in Shendam on the 26th of the same month.
He said the campaign Council has constituted nine ad-hoc committees which shall take charge of other aspects of the campaign; the team is set to launch a fund raising for the APC candidate, and also visit the six local government areas that make up the Plateau South senatorial district during the campaigns.
The Plateau state bye-election is slated for 31st October 2020, to be held in six local government areas of Wase, Langtang North, Langtang South, Mikang, Shendam and Quanpan local government areas.
The Plateau South bye-election is as the result of the demise of late Senator Ignatius Longjan, a former deputy governor of Plateau state who died February this year after a protracted illness.
Should Prof Daduut win the elections, she will be the first female senator in the history of Plateau state.
The campaign Council which is made up of the APC secretary in Plateau state, Bar Bashir Sati, the immediate past chief of staff to governor Simon Lalong, Chief John Dafan, as deputy chairman campaign Council; with Sir Joseph Ari, the Director General ITF, the campaign council expressed confidence towards wining the forthcoming Plateau South senatorial district.

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