The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Tuesday, accused the All Progressives’ Congress (APC) of plotting to compromise officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies so as to forcefully take over Rivers, Akwa-Ibom and Delta States through the tribunals.
The party, through its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, at a press conference in Abuja, accused the APC of desperation, just as he accused the APC of arm-twisting the judiciary to achieve its aim of taking over the States.
According to Metuh: “It is worrisome that even in victory; the APC has remained desperate in the desire to be in total control of the polity by attempting to take over the states genuinely won by the PDP.
“You will recall that we had earlier alerted Nigerians of a groundswell of plots by the APC to foist a one party rule in our country by attempting to destabilize the PDP, take over some of our states and legislative seats, all to ensure that there is no strong opposition when they eventually assume power.
“As we speak, APC has resorted to instigating crisis, inciting the people while mobilizing resources to arm-twist the judiciary ostensibly to torpedo the will of the people in these states.
“In particular, our findings show that in Delta, Rivers and Akwa-Ibom States, the APC machinery is working round the clock to ensure that it upturns the victory of the PDP and the mandate freely given to us by the people in these states.”
The PDP spokesman said his party is “aware of the clandestine moves by the APC to procure and compromise some stakeholders in the elections including INEC and security personnel to bear false witness and doctor electoral materials against the PDP at the tribunal.
“This is in addition to sponsoring negative publications in some section of the media, laced with false claims and distortion of election figures to suit their nefarious plans of swaying public opinion and the course of justice against our party in these states.
“We know that the main of aim behind APC’s desperation to take over these three states is their belief that they are strategic to the PDP and that taking them away will further weaken and undermine our party and accelerate the quest for a one-party state in our country.”
Culled from Daily Independence