Campaign arm of the Labour Party for the October 20 Ondo State governorship poll, Mimiko Campaign Organisation, has accused the Action Congress of Nigeria of planning to bribe voters with fake dollars.
The Director of Publicity and Media Relations of the MCO, Mr. Kolawole Olabisi, made the allegation in Akure on Thursday.
He alleged that the plan was hatched by top ACN leaders in Lagos on Tuesday evening.
He said, “The financial burden is already taking its toll on the ACN states in the South-West, which are the major contributors to the war chest for Operation Ondo Must Fall.”
The MCO claimed that some of the states were broke after some of the governors “withdrew large sums of money from banks for the Ondo election”.
Olabisi added, “Now that it has become glaring that the Ondo election would not be a pushover, owing to the huge popularity of Mimiko, ACN leaders are desperate to bribe voters.
“They are planning to buy at least 500 voter cards from each ward in the Ondo Central where Mimiko comes from and where there is a high density of voters and pay other sundry expenses of those to be imported as thugs.
“They have hired fake civil defence corps members, fake youth corps members, fake policemen and soldiers to rig the election.
“They have perfected an ingenious but illegal rush to buy vote and disenfranchise unsuspecting electorate in the state with fake dollar notes.”
But the Director of Media and Publicity, Independent Campaign Network, Mr. Bosun Oladimeji, dismissed the allegation as a “cheap propaganda”.
The body is one of the campaign teams of the ACN ahead of the poll.
Oladimeji said, “I sympathise with Mimiko and his people because they are wishful thinkers. How can anyone who wish to win election distribute fake currency. That argument is illogical.
“Our party has six states it is controlling, how will such a party run out of cash? Besides, our candidate is very credible and has quality friends who could donate cash and materials to him for his campaign.
“Apart from that we do not require a large sum of money like the LP because we will not bribe the electorate because they will freely, cheerfully vote for us.”