APC plotting to militarise supplementary election, PDP alleges

March 21st, 2019

By Myke Uzendu, Abuja

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) alleges that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is in a clandestine security meeting with the Presidency, top officials of INEC and security agencies to militarise and hijack the March 23 governorship Supplementary elections.

The party went further to inform that it is already leading and coasting to inevitable victory in all the affected states and nothing can alter the reality.

The PDP in a statement on Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan cautions the APC and agents
of the Presidency to know that Nigerians will never be intimidated but will confront and crush any oppressive force that attempts to defy and subvert their will at the Supplementary polls.

He said, “The PDP has full information on every move by the APC to manipulate the
electoral process as not all Nigerians in their government subscribe to their cruelty, resort to violence as well as suppression of votes.

“Our party is informed of how a top Army officer, at the meeting, directed the INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, not to ever declare Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike as winner of the Rivers Governorship election, even when it is clear to all that he won the election.

“We also have details how a top military officer who is from Bauchi state, at the meeting directed INEC Chairman not to declare our victorious Bauchi state governorship candidate, Sen. Bala Mohammed, as the winner the Bauchi state governorship election.

“The PDP is also privy to how a Director of one of our security agencies, who was at the meeting, undertook to use his agency to deliver Kano state to the APC.”

The statement disclosed that some of the conclusions reached at the meeting is the “deployment of 30 DSS personnel and 300 mobile policemen to each of the states where supplementary elections have been scheduled with a standing instruction to take over these respective states and make effort to ambush the process, seeing that the PDP is bound to win.”

The PDP reminds the military that Nigerians will not hesitate to treat individuals in military uniform, who illegally involved in the
supplementary election, as fake soldiers.

“After all, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has declared that uniformed personnel, who helped APC to rig presidential election, were fake.

“It is imperative to state that under President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, elections have been turned into warfare against the people but Nigerians will never allow a situation where states are forcefully taken over like spoils of war.

“It is also highly provocative that the INEC Chairman, Prof. Yakubu, is now taking orders from the military to cancel elections and alter
results for the APC, instead of asserting the independence and impartiality of INEC under our laws.

The PDP cautions INEC to note that the people already know the number of voters with Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) in these states and will never accept any padding of the voter register to favour the APC.

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