The All Progressives Congress, APC, has accused the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of planning to disrupt the APC road show in Ekiti today using PDP thugs decked in APC t-shirts to infiltrate the rally and instigate violence.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, APC also accused the PDP of working through Governors Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti and Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo, to unleash mayhem in the Southwest before, during and after the forthcoming general elections.
The opposition party said the PDP had realized its stock in the geo-political zone was totally depleted, despite its massive bribery of some leaders in the region.
It therefore called on security agents to be on the alert during the road show in Ekiti and all through the South-west in the build-up to elections.
“Scared stiff about the success of the one-million-march in Lagos last Saturday and worried about the successful rally being repeated in Ekiti and elsewhere in the South-west, the PDP has perfected a devilish plan to cause mayhem during the Ekiti Road Show”, the APC said. “The APC T-shirts being sewn by Gov. Mimiko will be given to their thugs, who will then be mandated to infiltrate the Road Show and start a fight.
“Beyond that, the two ‘generals’ of the PDP in the South-west, Fayose and Mimiko, have perfected a scheme to take the military and police uniforms being sewn in Ado-Ekiti to Akure, where they will be worn by thugs for the purpose of intimidating APC supporters before and during the elections. Already a special task force under one Soji Bello has been set up in Ondo state with the express mandate of attacking and beating up all known supporters of APC in Ondo state while another team has been mandated to cause mayhem in the Hausa-dominated Sabo and Shasha areas of the Ondo State capital, Akure.
“Finally, the PDP ‘generals’ plan to cause their own ‘Boko Haram’ to strike in the South-west, after which some South West based militias will retaliate against those purportedly behind the attack, thus triggering a region-wide mayhem. These plans are the outcome of all nocturnal meetings involving these PDP ‘generals’ and some other anarchists”.
The party said it has decided to expose these plans to put the nation’s security agencies on the alert, as well as to alert Nigerians and the international community to the evil machinations of those who are bent on triggering massive chaos and violence ahead of the polls.
“APC is a very peaceful party”, the party said. “Not a single violent incident has been recorded at any of our rallies since the beginning of the current electioneering campaign. Also, despite the massive turnout of Nigerians for the one-million-man march in Lagos on Saturday, the march was violence-free.
“We therefore urge those who are doing everything possible to make a peaceful change impossible to realize that they are being watched closely by Nigerians and the international community, and for them to realize that there will be no hiding place for them either within or outside Nigeria if they carry out their dastardly plans. Today, the world has zero tolerance for perpetrators of mindless killings, chaos and violence”.