The federal government has alleged that it's political opponents are planning to scuttle the forthcoming 2019 general elections by orchestrating widespread violence across the country.
The alarm was raised by the minister of information and culture, Lai Mohammed, at a press briefing in Abuja on Monday, January 21.
"The federal government is in possession of credible intelligence to the effect that widespread violence being orchestrated by the opposition is threatening the 2019 general elections.
"'Having realized that their fortunes have dwindled badly ahead of the polls, the desperate opposition is orchestrating widespread violence with a view to truncating the elections, thus triggering a constitutional crisis that could snowball into the establishment of an interim government," Mohammed said.
The minister further alleged that armed bandits and Boko Haram insurgents have been mobilised to engage in massive attacks and other acts of violence in several states across the country.
He said the states targeted are Adamawa, Bauchi, Borno, Benue, Kano, Kaduna, Nasarawa, Plateau, Taraba and Zamfara. The minister also alleged that there is also an international dimension to the evil plan.
"Some armed mercenaries from Niger Republic have been contracted to attack top government functionaries, including state governors, across the north-west between now and the elections," he said.
He, however, said the federal government is taking every possible measure to "counter these evil plans by unpatriotic anarchists" and ensure the success of the 2019 general elections.
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)'s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, on Sunday, January 20, listed 30 alleged corrupt persons said to be working with President Muhammadu Buhari.
The list was published by Atiku’s special assistant on public communications, Phrank Shaibu. Atiku claimed that while most of the names are members of the PDP, others ran to the party to seek refuge from anti-graft bodies, Sahara Reporters reports
Among the names mentioned by Atiku are bigwigs in the All Progressives Congress (APC) such as Bola Tinubu, the national leader of the ruling party; Abba Kyari, Chief of Staff to President Muhammadu Buhari; Adams Oshiomhole, the national chairman of the APC; Abdullahi Adamu, a former governor of Nasarawa; Babachir Lawal, former secretary to the government of the federation; Folarin Coker, Lagos socialite and director general of the Nigerian tourism development corporation; Lai Mohammed, the minister of information.
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