Threat to polls: Hold Buhari, APC responsible, says PDP

By Valentine Amanze

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on Nigerians and the international community to hold the Presidency, its agents and the ruling All Progressives Convention (APC) responsible if the alleged plot to scuttle the conduct of the 2019 polls succeeds.
The PDP stance is predicated on the revelation by the National Security
Adviser (NSA), Maj. Gen. Babagana Mongunu, that “some individuals that are not certain of their fate in the elections are plotting to precipitate widespread violence aimed at scuttling the conduct of the
polls”.
The PDP’s National Publicity Secretary
And Director, Media & Publicity PDP Presidential Campaign Organization, Kola Ologbondiyan, disclosed this in a statement.
The main opposition party said that because of fear of imminent electoral loss, the APC and its Presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, have resorted to acts of frustration by intimidating perceived enemies.
The party reminded Nigerians of series of warnings to the Buhari Presidency from prominent citizens and topmost members of the international community, including the United States, United Kingdom, the United Nations, and the European Union, against actions that were inimical to the smooth conduct of the general elections.
It said that instead of heeding the warning, the Buhari Presidency and the APC, in their arrogance and desperation, resorted to blackmail and vilifying the international community, thereby confirming that they were not ready for a peaceful, free and fair election.
It further stated: “Except the NSA is addressing facts known to Nigerians that as a result of losses already suffered by the APC on account of court judgments stopping it from participating in the elections in some states, due to its flawed primaries, some desperate leaders and members of the ruling party are making discreet arrangements to scuttle the polls.
“This is in addition to APC’s frustration over the soaring popularity of
the people’s candidate, Atiku Abubakar, among Nigerians across the board, who have come to a consensus to elect him as the next President of our country, come February, 16, 2019.”
According to it, the successful conduct of the February 16, 2019 Presidential election is a paramount desire that must be actualized, stressing, “Nigerians are eager to go to the polls to vote out this administration
that has caused them so much anguish, pain, hunger, economic deprivation, sectional acrimony and deaths and this is the reason the APC is seeking all ways to scuttle the elections.”

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