Nigeria’s governing party, the All Progressives Congress, APC has accused the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP of plan to orchestrate violence in the forthcoming governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa States on November 16th.
In a press statement by the APC’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Lanre Issa-Onilu, the APC called on security agencies to be alert to the PDP’s plot.
The party told security agencies be serious about PDP’s recent threats to the Kaduna State Governor, Mallam Ahmed Nasir El-Rufai who is the Chairman of the APC Kogi State National Governoship Campaign Council, to “steer clear” of Kogi State during the electioneering period.
The APC further explained the alleged PDP plot, that the PDP was creating an atmosphere of fear in Kogi State.
“One asks, why has the PDP refused to embark on any major campaign in Bayelsa and Kogi states? They are clearly no planning for a credible electoral process. We have confirmed PDP’s grand plan to rather than campaign, compromise security agents and electoral personnel deployed.
“Already, the PDP is creating an atmosphere of fear and stage-managed violence, while playing the victim so as to scare voters from coming out on election day to exercise their franchise” APC said.
Plan to Disrupt Election
The APC said it has received reports of PDP’s plans to disrupt the election process in Bayelsa state.
“We have received reports of arms stockpiling and vote-buying plans by PDP elements in Bayelsa State. We have also confirmed reports showing plans are afoot to stage-manage violence to disrupt the election while blaming APC.”
The APC further called on the electorate to defend their votes to ensure progressive leadership in the States.