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PDP disowns Mantu over alleged rigging for party during polls

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has faulted the claim of Ibrahim Mantu, a former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ibrahim Mantu that he helped the party rig elections, saying that the claim is false.

Mantu had during an interview on Channels Television, claimed that he, on behalf of the PDP, bribed officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as well as security agents.

But the PDP in a tweeter on Sunday, disowned Mantu, saying that his claims were personal to him and has nothing to do with the PDP”.

According to the PDP, Mantu acted in personal capacity for himself, adding that it has never asked him to rig elections on the party’s behalf.

It asked what happened to Mantu’s “rigging machinery” that caused him to lose his 2007 senatorial election.

The PDP tweeted thus, “Senator Mantu’s reported claims was personal to him and has nothing to do with the PDP, as the party has never directed any of its members to rig election on its behalf, at any point since its formation.

“Senator Mantu spoke about his personal activities and tendencies in the elections where he participated. The @OfficialPDPNig has never directed or had any pact with him to rig election on its behalf. Never!

“Individuals run their elections on the platform of political parties once they emerge as candidates. In the PDP, candidates are issued with the party’s Code of Conduct containing the basic rules of electioneering engagements.

“It will therefore be misplaced for anybody, including the failed @APCNigeria, to surmise that Senator Mantu, in the said confession of rigging, acted on behalf of the @OfficialPDPNig p.

“After all, in 2007, Senator Mantu lost his own senatorial election. What, then, happened to his rigging machinery, if he could not deliver himself. @APCNigeria.”

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