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APC accused of "arm-twisting" judiciary

2015-06-02 22:24
Nigerian presidential candidate of the main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC), Muhammadu Buhari and vice-presidential candidate Yemi Osinbajo attend a campaign rally on January 19, 2015 in Kaduna. Buhari will face President Goodluck Jonathan ~ CHRIS STEIN

Abuja - The People's Democratic Party (PDP) has accused leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) of influencing the judiciary to use various election tribunals to upturn democratically elected governments in some states PDP controlled.

The party described the development as an invitation to anarchy and vowed to rigidly resist the move.

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The party also alerted that the APC had allegedly started hounding PDP senators-elect, threatening to use its newly acquired federal influence to coax the tribunals against them if they fail to do its bidding in the ongoing politicking to raise new leadership in the Senate.

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh said the party was privy to intelligence reports showing certain "clandestine moves" and "nocturnal meetings" in Lagos and Abuja on how to compromise the sanctity of the electoral tribunals in their compositions and locations to suit the APC purpose.

"We are aware that there are moves by the APC to cause the doctoring of the membership of the gubernatorial elections tribunals in some PDP states, particularly Akwa-Ibom, Abia, Rivers and Delta with the aim to bring in friendly officers, possibly to push through their agenda against our great party," said Metuh.

PDP also alleged of plots by the APC to foist a one party rule in the country by attempting to destabilize the PDP, take over some of their states and legislative seats to ensure that there is no strong opposition.

"It is apparently in line with this heinous agenda that the APC has started hounding our senators-elect with threats to use the tribunals against them if they fail to do their bidding in the parliament.

"It is worrisome that this 'jackboot mentality' and rape of our democracy which is averse to the spirit of the healing process is happening with the knowledge of President Muhammadu Buhari, who is a direct beneficiary of the huge sacrifice the PDP made to ensure that the nation remains peaceful and stable."

Metuh alerted President Muhammadu Buhari to the alleged plots.

"We want President Buhari to note that the plot by his party to alter the will of the people and unlawfully take over states genuinely won by the PDP is obviously an invitation to anarchy capable of truncating our hard-earned democracy as it would be stiffly resisted by the people," PDP added.

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