World Bulletin/News Desk
Nigeria's All Progressive Congress has dismissed as "hogwash" accusations by the secret police for the opposition party of attempting to hack into the database of the electoral body ahead of next month's general elections.
"The 'findings' presented to the media by the agency on Wednesday is a great disservice to Nigeria and an embarrassment to all intelligence-gathering organizations around the world," APC spokesman Lai Mohammed said in a statement on Wednesday.
Earlier today, the secret police accused the APC of a botched attempt to hack into the database of the Independent National Election Commission (INEC).
A police spokesman said that the secret police had launched a raid on an APC building in Lagos on November 22, which revealed a shady operation to access the INEC database.
The APC described the timing of the police accusations as a "plot orchestrated in collusion with the [ruling People's Democratic Party] to distract the APC from its ongoing campaigns for next month’s elections."
It termed as "disingenuous, flimsy, premeditated, partisan and an irritant the conclusion that the APC had an articulated plan to inflate the party's membership data as well as hack into INEC's voter registration database through the creation of party membership forms and cards to match INEC's voters register across the country."
The APC and the secret have exchanged words since the November raid, with the ruling party claiming the raid was a confirmation that the opposition was up to something ahead the poll.
Nigeria is set for a landmark election in February in which incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan is contesting against strong opposition candidate Muhammadu Buhari who is the flag bearer of the APC.
Tension has been mounting ahead of the poll, with schools expected to shut in most parts of the northerner region for fear of possible violence.
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