- The federal government said it has uncovered the PDP’s plan to trigger crisis, panic few days to the 2019 presidential election
- The information minister, Lai Mohammed, claimed the opposition party is planning to organise a world press conference to peddle false allegations and lies regarding the forthcoming elections
- Mohammed urged Nigerians not believe the PDP’s allegations, reiterating that President Buhari will ensure a free and fair election
The federal government has raised alarm over an alleged plan by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) “to orchestrate a crisis and trigger a sense of panic among the populace, in furtherance of their plan to discredit the election and cause a constitutional crisis".
In a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, February 12 and made available to Legit.ng, the minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the plot confirms the earlier alarm raised by the federal government on January 21st and February 3rd 2019 that the PDP is planning to scuttle the election and, where that fails, discredit it.
The information minister claimed that in the days ahead, chieftains of the PDP bigwigs, including the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, his running mate Peter Obi, PDP governors and others, are planning a world press conference in order to level frivolous and unfounded allegations against the federal government and the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Alhaji Mohammed further alleged that part of the false allegations they plan to make is that the presidency, in connivance with the APC, is planning to force the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to announce presidential election results that are favourable to the government in power, on the basis of the false premise that the APC's intelligence team is worried that the ruling party would lose the elections.
He added that the PDP bigwigs also plan to use their world press conference to further disparage the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration with a view to painting an unfavourable image of the administration to Nigerians and the international community and to put the government on the defensive in the run-up to the polls.
The minister said the PDP's last joker is a two-hour live press conference to be addressed by the PDP publicity secretary, Kola Ologbodiyan, on February 14th, the last day of electioneering campaign, to chronicle all their concocted allegations and lies against the ruling government, cast aspersion on government and ruling party officials and throw innuendos here and there.
He said: “As electioneering campaign winds down, the PDP has realised that it cannot possibly win free, fair and credible polls. It has thus resorted to engaging in red herring, hauling insults and abuses at the federal government and ruling party officials and making outlandish allegations with a view to creating a sense of panic and crisis.
“The truth is that President Muhammadu Buhari, a man respected globally for his integrity, has continuously assured that the elections will be free, fair, credible and peaceful. He has warmly welcomed observers, both local and foreign, because he has nothing to hide, and because he is sure that the achievements of his administration will win him re-election.
“We are therefore calling on all Nigerians and the international community to disregard any attempt to scuttle or discredit the polls. We urge observers to keep an open mind. There is no cause for alarm, except in the warped imagination of the PDP, which has entered the panic mode and is already ruing the loss of another general election even before it has been held."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that the PDP in Ekiti state accused the APC of planning to buy votes with the repatriated Abacha loot.
The allegation was made by the Ekiti state director of media and publicity of the Atiku/Obi Presidential Campaign Council, Lere Olayinka, in a statement sent to journalists on Monday, February 11.
According to him, the ruling party has perfected plans to use the recovered loot from the late Head of State, Gen. Sani Abacha, to buy votes in the forthcoming polls, use security operatives to rig the elections and use officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to perpetrate electoral fraud.
He alleged that N112.5 billion had been appropriated to buy projected 15 million votes at N7,500 per vote.
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