Lagos — Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, has alerted the nation over alleged desperate plans by the ruling People's Democratic Party, PDP, to discredit and silence key opposition leaders involved in the ongoing plans to form a formidable platform to confront the party during the 2015 elections.
In a statement in Lagos, Tuesday, National Publicity Secretary of ACN, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said: "The paranoia over the merger plans has driven the PDP-led Federal Government to resort to imprudent and crude tactics aimed at tarnishing the image of key opposition leaders, especially the ACN leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and his Congress for Progressive Change, CPC counterpart General Muhammadu Buhari, as well as their close political associates.
"Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is particularly a prime target of these evil machinations, because of his status as the leader of the country's second biggest party, his progressive credentials as well as his electoral value, adding that as far as the PDP-led government is concerned, getting him out of the way is the best way to ruin the merger plans.
"For the Jonathan-led Administration, and not minding its deceptive aloofness from it all, the race for 2015 has started in earnest and it is a do-or-die affair, and all means foul and unfair are on the table to cripple the opposition, by ensuring that nothing will be left of the integrity of its key leaders even if they are fortunate to make it to 2015
"These opposition leaders are considered as constituting a clear and present danger to the electoral fortunes of the PDP in 2015, hence must be stopped at all costs and by whatever means."
The party said a huge war chest has been earmarked for the phased campaign, which has already started with a well-oiled media war, being waged especially online, denigrating these leaders.