The Ekiti State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said it had uncovered a plot by the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the state, to disrupt the campaign rally for Muhammadu Buhari, slated for January 14, in Ado-Ekiti.
In a statement by its state Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatubosun, the party said it had incontrovertible evidence that the PDP had mapped out plans to unleash terror on APC members and supporters by using fake soldiers imported from neighbouring countries to be mixed with local miscreants to cause mayhem.
“The local miscreants are to help identify APC members and their supporters to be attacked at check points and thereby prevent them from entering the state. The Plan B is to deck PDP thugs in APC uniforms to shoot APC members coming to the rally as PDP did in Rivers State,” Olatunbosun alleged.
He reminded Nigerians that Governor Ayo Fayose has been boasting that like PDP did in Akure, he will also not allow APC to hold its campaign and ‘Walk for Change’ rally in Ekiti State. “But we urge our teeming supporters not to be intimidated because Fayose does not have a monopoly of violence. Any attempt to prevent or disrupt our rallies shall be fiercely resisted,” he said.
Olatubosun therefore urged the Army and police to be professional in the handling of political activities in the state and should not allow themselves to be used to intimidate anybody ahead of the February 14 presidential election.
“Ekiti people, like other Nigerians, have made up their minds to effect a change in the leadership of the country for good governance for national growth and their individual development. No force can deter them from achieving this noble and historical feat,” Olatubosun said.
In a swift reaction to the allegation, the PDP described it as ridiculous and face saving, as it was common knowledge that the people of the state had rejected the APC.
“They know that the people of the state will not welcome their team. They know that as the people rejected them during the June 21 poll, they have even seen more of APC’s deceit and would not accord them any warm welcome,” the state Secretary of the PDP, Tope Aluko said.