The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday, alleged that the All Progressive Congress (APC), have a well orchestrated plot to instigate Constitutional crises that will make it difficult for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct the 2023 election.
The National Publicity Secretary of the (PDP), Debo Ologunagba, while briefing Journalists at the Wadata plaza Secretariat of the party, alleged that there “ is a plot by the APC Presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu and the APC to disrupt the 2023 General Elections”,
The PDP image maker appealed to the security agencies, INEC and the International community to “ sanction Tinubu and the APC”
“We alert Nigerians that in compliance with the directive by the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola 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.
He recalled how Tinubu, in a closed-door meeting in London, recently, 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”.
“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 inconducive to conduct elections in the country.
According to the PDP Chieftain, “Part of the plot is the current attacks on the facilities of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in various parts of the country as witnessed in Ogun, Osun and Imo States where sections critical to the conduct of elections particularly those connected to the collection of Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) were targeted and destroyed.
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“Also, our Party has been made aware of plans by the APC to orchestrate attacks in other States particularly Kogi and Delta; some States of the South East as well as parts of the North with the view to subverting the electoral process in as many States as possible.
“Intelligence available to our Party indicates that the attack on INEC facilities is to prevent newly registered voters from collecting their PVCs; destroy the PVC’s so that they will not be available for collection in INEC offices, and thirdly, destroy INEC equipment and cripple its capacity to conduct elections.
He also accused the APC of “purchasing” PVCs from unsuspecting Nigerians through monetary inducement masquerading as empowerment programmes.
Ologunagba cited the London meeting where Tinubu allegedly directed his Party members to unleash violence on Nigerians, adding that “ It was a closed-door event which inadvertently leaked to the public.
The aim of the APC , according to him, “was to hit our nation with violence and mislead security agencies to direct their investigation on criminal elements and social restiveness, instead of the real culprit, the APC.
“They designed it to create tension across the country to validate a narrative that elections cannot hold, then orchestrate a Constitutional crisis with a view to justifying a shifting of the elections and perpetuate certain APC elements in office beyond May 29, 2023”
He also cited the alarm raised by the INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, on the several attacks on INEC’s facilities, which he said “further confirms our fears”
According to the INEC Chairman, “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 elections.
“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 therefore 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 party also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to “call 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 choice of who becomes the President of Nigeria rests on the Will of the people through the free exercise of their votes
“We therefore call 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”