Abuja - The People’s Democratic Party (PDP)
has accused the rival All Progressives Congress (APC) of inciting violence in
Kogi and Bayelsa states ahead of elections.
The opposition party claimed the APC had realised it did
not have the support of the electorates in the two states, especially given its
“The APC has perfected a heinous plot to inject crisis in
Kogi and Bayelsa, ostensibly to frustrate the electoral procedures within the
constitutional time frame, so as to prevent PDP candidates, Governors Idris
Wada and Seriake Dickson from being re-elected into office,” alleged PDP
National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh.
“We invite Nigerians to note that the build up to the
militancy in Kogi has been long started by the APC and its candidate, Prince
Abubakar Audu, who has been fouling the state’s political environment with hate
and inciting utterances, including threats to lives of PDP supporters and
perceived political opponents,” Metuh said.
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He said in Bayelsa State, the APC in its desperation for
power had been heating up the system and arming thugs, apparently to cause
crisis in the state polity, frighten the electorate and possibly derail the
election to their advantage.
“Nigerians are witness to the sponsored violence that
characterized the APC governorship primaries in Bayelsa, with party leaders
pointing accusing fingers at APC’s candidate, Chief Timipre Sylva.
“We are aware that the same set of APC thugs used during
their primaries have now been further armed and instructed to attack PDP
members and perceived opponents of the APC, intimidate electoral officials and
disorganise the elections,” Metuh said.
Elections are set for November 21 and December.
APC had not commented on the allegations ahead of the polls.
- CAJ News