The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of burning offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in various parts of the country, ahead of Saturday’s Presidential election.
BusinessDay reports that offices of the commission in Abia, Plateau and Anambra States have been engulfed in flames in the last two weeks.
A statement on Tuesday by Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP National Publicity Secretary, alleged that the aim is to paralyze the commission’s operations in strongholds of PDP and pave the way for the isolation and postponement of Presidential elections in those states.
“The PDP already has the details of how the APC mobilized misguided elements in its fold to burn INEC offices and destroy electoral materials and equipment in Plateau, Abia and Anambra state.
“Our party is also privy to clandestine plots by the APC to burn INEC offices in some other states, so as to paralyze the commission’s operations in such states, and pave the way for the isolation and postponement of Presidential elections in those states; after which it plans to unleash compromised security agencies to muzzle the shifted polls in favour of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Having realized that President Buhari has no chance in a credible, free and fair general election, the APC now plots a violent staggering of the polls so as to use security forces to re-enact the same rigging formula it used in the 2018 Ekiti and Osun governorship elections.
“In attacking INEC offices and destroying the card readers, APC seeks to cripple the commission’s use of full benefit of technology that will guarantee a credible biometric voter accreditation.
“The PDP in very unequivocal terms insists that it will never accept any attempt by the APC to postpone the Presidential election in any state of the federation. The Presidential election must hold in all the states on the 16th of February and President Buhari will be served his defeat certificate,” the statement reads.
The PDP therefore charged Nigerians to resist the desperation of the APC, for which it has now resorted to burning INEC offices.
The party also charged INEC to note that the APC is after its facilities and as such put stronger measures to protect itself from the assaults of the party’s desperation.
OWEDE AGBAJILEKE, Abuja