The All Progressives Congress (APC) has alleged that the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the supporters of President Goodluck Jonathan in the South West have concluded plans to disrupt the March 28 presidential election.
In a statement in Lagos, Sunday, National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the plot was conceived at a meeting held in the Ondo State Government House on March 13th as the South West PDP have now realized that it would be impossible for the party to win in the region.
According to Lai Mohammed, those planning to disrupt the polls are working with the Oodua Peoples Congress (OPC) to achieve their aim. They have allegedly trained and armed some youths and has provided many of them with military and police uniforms.
The party also alleged that the PDP has compiled and forwarded to the Police Anti-Cult Squad the names of APC youths in all the Wards in Ondo State so they can be arrested and locked up before, during and after the elections.
”As a matter of fact, funds have been provided to the Police Anti-Cult Squad to expand its detention facility, and work is going on at the facility as we write. The reason for these actions is that, despite the massive infusion of illicit funds to bribe individuals and groups in the South West, the PDP and its agents in the region have realized that their strategy has backfired and even given the people more impetus to vote against the ruling party,” the statement by the APC said.
The party therefore called on the security agencies to shun partisanship in carrying out their responsibilities to maintain law and order, irrespective of their political leanings.
”Let’s be clear: In the event that the security agencies fail to carry out their duties, we will hold them, as well as those behind the plot to disrupt the elections, totally responsible for any disruption in the polls. They will also be held responsible for any act of violence or intimidation against the opposition,” the party warned.
The APC appealed to its members and supporters across the South West to remain calm but vigilant.
”The forthcoming elections are being closely watched within and outside Nigeria. In other words, the eyes of the world are on our country. Therefore, no one who engages in violence, rigging or
intimidation of voters, to scare them away from the polling booths,will go scot-free, irrespective of his status,” APC said.