Olusola Fabiyi, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party has decried the alleged use of security operatives by the All Progressives Congress to provide cover for their thugs to unleash violence, disrupt polling processes and foist fake results on the electorate.
It said such brazen assault on the will of the people, which it claimed was witnessed in last Saturday’s Rivers State Assembly by-election, was completely provocative, incendiary and had an unlimited capacity to elicit violent resistance from the people and derail democracy, especially as the 2019 general elections approached.
The National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement in Abuja on Monday, said Nigerians should note the alleged use of security agencies by the APC, which he said was aimed at aiding the suppression of the people.
He further alleged that it had become a regular practice as amply witnessed in the July 14, 2018 Ekiti governorship election, the 2016 Edo State governorship election, the by-elections in Kogi, Bauchi, Katsina and Cross River and most recently, the Rivers State Assembly by-election, where he alleged special police units were used to manhandle voters, while allegedly providing cover for the APC thugs to attack voters, snatch ballot boxes and disrupt the election.
He said, “The APC, in its desperation, is resorting to this underhand means because it knows that there is no way it can win in any peaceful and transparently conducted election in any part of the country due to the public indignation against its dismal performance in the last three years.
“Our worry as a party, however, is that Nigerians are daily pushed to the wall and there is a limit to what they can endure, without resorting to violent resistance, particularly in the face of unrelenting subversion of their will and freedom to select leaders or representatives of their choice.
“The APC and its agents in the police and other security agencies should therefore bear in mind that they are on a collision course with the people. Their eventual resistance, if such subversion continues, could come with very dire consequences.”
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It added, “The PDP is aware that this resort to violence by the APC is to test its plans to rig the 2019 general elections and we ask, what shall it profit a man to gain political power and set his nation ablaze?”
Ologbondiyan cautioned all those he said were being used by the APC to know that history would never forgive their atrocities.”