Abuja - The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of planning to perpetrate violence during Saturday’s rerun elections in Rivers State in order to justify imposition of emergence rule in the state.
The party in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh on Thursday, said it was privy to a grand design by the APC to orchestrate violence in the state with a view to truncating the elections, having realised that the PDP and its candidates are more popular and ready to win overwhelmingly in all the reruns.
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The party said it had also rallied all its formation in the state to stiffly resist by all means necessary in a democracy, any move by the APC to scuttle the Saturday’s national and state assembly rerun elections in the state.
“We are aware that the orchestration of violence is designed to serve as stimulus for the planned imposition of a state of emergency to enable the APC forcefully take over the state which it failed to get through the ballot box. We also know that the design to unleash violence is behind the recent infamous call by APC spokesman in Ondo State, Omo’ba Abayomi Adesanya, for emergency rule in Rivers State.
“What else, apart from the execution of this plot explains the complaints from our candidates and members in state of constant threats by partisan security operatives as well as the recent gale of arrests, attacks and killing of PDP supporters in the state?
“But let it be known that Rivers State is a stronghold of the PDP and that such profane quest would be squarely and comprehensively greeted with intense resistance and very dire consequences.
“Our position is guarded by the fact that we remain a responsible and law-abiding party committed to the sanctity of our electoral process, the interest and will of the Nigerian people. Besides, we have the numbers, and the people of the state are solidly behind us.”
PDP said it totally welcomed President Muhammadu Buhari’s warning to those instigating violence and causing mayhem in the state.
- News 24