The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Edo said in Benin on Monday it would not boycott the July 14 governorship election should INEC insist on using serving corps members for the exercise.
The state PDP Chairman, Chief Dan Orbih, who made the clarification at a news briefing in Benin, however, denied the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) accusation that it was secretly sewing uniforms for corps members ahead of the said election.
Leadership of the ACN in the media on Monday among others accused the PDP of allegedly planning to sew NYSC uniforms it hoped to rig the July 14 election with.
But Orbih asked: ``How can we be sewing uniforms when we have from the onset opposed the use of corps members in the Edo election. these accusations are diversionary tactics of Oshiomhole and his party.
He said that his party had thrice officially written INEC of its opposition to the use of serving corps members in the state over their alleged bias.
``We have shown INEC video documentary evidence where serving members of the NYSC are seen in rallies campaigning with the ACN.
``We, therefore, think that because these corps members have compromised their positions, they certainly are not going to be fair umpire.
``PDP is therefore only opposed to the use of serving members of the NYSC. INEC can bring in corps members from outside of this state and that will be acceptable to us.’’
Asked if PDP will boycott the election in the event of INEC’s insisting on the use of serving corps members, Orbih said ``no, but we will ensure that the people come out to massively vote out this government.’’(NAN)