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 ongoing war of words between the country's
two main political parties has taken a new twist with the All
Progressives Congress alleging plots by the federal government to postpone
elections and form an interim government.
National Publicity Secretary of the opposition party, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, made the accusation on Tuesday during a press conference.
"During my last press conference on January 29th, I alerted the nation to the fact hat the advocates of the postponement of this month's general elections have resorted to using the courts to disqualify our presidential candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari, and scuttle the polls," he said.
"This followed the obvious failure of their clandestine campaign to have the elections postponed ostensibly because of the poor distribution of Permanent Voter Cards (PVCs) by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)," Mohammed said.
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He said the so-called advocates of election shift may have retreated, but they have not given up their push to scuttle the elections.
"In fact, a conference organized on Monday to consider the effects of the National Conference on the 2015 elections was turned into a campaign for election postponement by the usual culprits.
"The election-postponement campaigners have now returned to the drawing board to plot another move to make sure the elections do not hold, and that precisely is why we have called this press conference."
APC called on Nigerian to remain vigilant, especially in the days ahead, and to continue to reject all attempts by "anti-democratic forces" to "cling to or get power through means that are not democratic."
"We urge our members and supporters in particular to eschew violence under any guise, even in the face of the most egregious provocations, so as not to play into the hands of those working to scuttle the elections," read the statement.
Comment could not be obtained from the ruling People's Democratic Party, which has recently said it was ready for the elections.