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The Peoples Democratic Party has raised the alarm over what it described as the discovery of an orchestrated plot by the ruling All Progressives Congress, to instigate violence in order to derail the 2023 General Elections.
Debo Ologunagba, raised the alarm at a media briefing, in Abuja, on Wednesday.
He said, “We have called you today to through you alert Nigerians and the International Community of plots by enemies of democracy to frustrate and ultimately disrupt the conduct of the 2023 general elections.
“We alert Nigerians that in compliance with the directive by the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu to his Party members to deploy violence and snatch power in the 2023 general elections, the APC having realized that it has been rejected, has commenced its violent attacks to frustrate the conduct of the elections.
“Nigerians can recall how the deflated and desperate Asiwaju Tinubu, in a closed-door meeting in London earlier this month, declared to his members that ‘political power is not going to be served in a restaurant, it is not served a la carte.’
“It is what we are doing; It is being determined; you do it at all cost; fight for it, grab it, snatch it and run with it.
“Ologunagba further said, “In response to this directive, APC leaders and members have now activated plots to derail the electoral process through orchestrated violent attacks in various States of the country aimed to trigger a nationwide security emergency situation, instill fear and make it appear in conducive to conduct elections in the country.
The PDP explained that the APC has introduced a very disturbing dimension of “Purchasing” PVCs from unsuspecting Nigerians through monetary inducement masquerading as empowerment programmes.
The main opposition party however said it was not surprised at the resort to violence by Asiwaju Tinubu and the APC; because it is a clear acceptance of electoral defeat which apparently accounts for the APC’s Presidential Candidate’s decision to boycott the signing of the National Peace Accord by Presidential Candidates in the 2023 elections.
Ologunagba further stated that “It is apparent and disturbing that the APC Presidential Candidate has not issued any caution against the many acts of violence linked to members of his party.
“His body language and comments suggest the condoning of the ongoing violence in our electoral process.
The PDP Spokesperson quoted the INEC Chairman as saying, “Since the 2019 general elections, up till 2022, we have recorded 50 attacks in 15 States of the federation, but the ones we recorded in 2022 are the ones we consider as systematic and coordinated and these are the ones that are targeted at derailing the preparations of the Commission from conducting a free, fair, transparent and credible election.
“If these attacks go into January and February, it may be difficult for us to recover from these attacks.”This is because if you look at Section 134 of the Constitution, it has threshold that a candidate must meet before that candidate can be declared winner of any election”.
The PDP, he said, now alerts the security agencies to take immediate steps to investigate and stop the APC on its vicious plot to derail our democratic process.
“The INEC should immediately invoke its regulatory powers and impose sanctions on the APC Presidential Candidate for constituting a clear and present danger to the electoral process.
“Our Party also calls on the International Community to impose strict sanctions including travel restrictions on APC leaders found culpable of instigating and encouraging violence in the electoral process.
“The PDP again demands that President Muhammadu Buhari should call Asiwaju Tinubu and his Party members to order so that Nigerians can peacefully choose their next President through a free, fair, transparent and credible electoral process.
” The PDP equally said Asiwaju Tinubu must accept the fact that Atiku Abubakar, is more popular and possess the competence, requisite experience, presence of mind, mental alertness, physical stamina and political will that Nigerians earnestly yearn for in a leader at this critical time.
It called on Nigerians not to succumb to the proclivities of the APC but remain resolute in defending our democratic process and rallying with the PDP in our mission to Rescue, Rebuild and Redirect our nation from the suffocating government of the APC.
This article was updated 12 months ago