- The APC has alleged that the PDP is planning to unleash violence on their members and supporters in Kwara
- The party said the plan is aimed at preventing the people of the state from coming out to recieve President Buhari and other APC leaders at the party's February 4 rally
- PDP leaders in Kwara were warned to rein in their hired thugs in the interest of peace and the people of the state
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has raised an alarm over alleged plans by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to unleash violence on their members and supporters in Kwara state.
The party said the plan is being mooted by the PDP alongside thugs in the state to instill fear in the members and supporters.
The allegation was contained in a statement sent to Legit.ng on Tuesday, January 22, by the national publicity secretary of the APC, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu.
The party said the orchestrated violence is aimed at preventing them coming out enmasse to honour President Muhammadu Buhari and other APC leaders with their presence at the party's February 4 rally.
Part of the statement read: “Credible intelligence available to us also indicates that the sinking PDP is planning to orchestrate spurious charges against some of our members before some compromised courts in the state.
“In addition, we have it on good authority that meetings are being held with thugs, where decisions were taken to create chaos in the state any moment from now.
“The orchestrated violence is aimed at instilling fear in the minds of our members and supporters from coming out enmasse to honour President Muhammadu Buhari and other leaders of our party at the February 4 rally.
“While we acknowledge the fact that the PDP is scared stiff of our party's growing popularity amongst the good people of Kwara state and the impending doom that awaits it at the coming polls, we call on the leaders of PDP in Kwara state to rein in their hired thugs in the interest of peace and the people of the state.”
The APC said the coming elections in Kwara state, would not be determined by guns, clubs and cudgels, “but by the thumbprints of Kwarans, who have resolved to change the political narrative of the state.”
“We call on our members, supporters and, indeed, all good people of the state to go about their lawful duties and not be scared of welcoming our dear president on February 4, as security agencies have been put on alert to forestall any breakdown of law and order and molestation of people before, during and after the presidential campaign rally.
“Finally, we urge APC members and supporters to keep the positive spirit that has characterised their conduct in this electioneering period alive, as the time for the rebirth of our dear state is at hand,” the APC stated.
Recall that a leading pro-Democracy group in Kwara state, Kwara Must Change (KMC), had raised an alarm over the influx of suspected political thugs into the state ahead of the 2019 general elections.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng and signed by its state coordinator Comrade Yusuf Olatunji, KMC stated that some concerned citizens, who witnessed the strange and unprecedented influx of unknown aliens into their communities, alerted the organisation about the presence of the suspected thugs.
The group, therefore, called on security agencies to act promptly to avert possible security breaches in the state.
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