Nigeria: Presidency Plotting to Hijack Rerun Polls - PDP

21 March 2019

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that there was a clandestine security meeting by the Buhari Presidency with certain top officials of INEC and security agencies, where they allegedly hatched "an obnoxious plot to hijack" this Saturday's supplementary elections.

Addressing a press conference on Friday in Abuja, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said, "Our party is already leading and coasting to inevitable victory in all the affected states."

The PDP alleged that there were underground moves to militarise and manipulate the election on voting day, saying all well-meaning Nigerians must resist any attempt to rig the elections.

"The PDP therefore in an unequivocal terms, cautions the APC and agents of the Buhari Presidency to know that Nigerians will never be intimidated but will confront and crush any oppressive force that attempts to defy and subvert their will at the supplementary polls.

"The PDP has full information on every move by the APC to manipulate the electoral process as not all Nigerians in their government subscribe to their cruelty, resort to violence as well as suppression of votes.

"Our party is informed of how a top Army officer, at the meeting, directed the INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, not to ever declare Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike as winner of the Rivers governorship election, even when it is clear to all that he won the election.

"We also have details of how a top military officer, who is from Bauchi state, at the meeting directed INEC Chairman not to declare our victorious Bauchi state governorship candidate, Sen. Bala Mohammed, as the winner of the Bauchi state governorship election.

"The PDP is also privy to how a Director of one of our security agencies, who was at the meeting, undertook to use his agency to deliver Kano state to the APC.

"Consequent upon this ignoble plot, the security meeting has directed the deployment of 30 DSS personnel and 300 mobile policemen to each of the states where supplementary elections have been scheduled with a standing instruction to take over these respective states and make effort to ambush the process, seeing that the PDP is bound to win.

"In spite of all, the PDP wants the Buhari Presidency and the APC to come to terms with the fact that their conspiracies will be of no avail as our candidates are marching to unassailable victory with the people," the party said.

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