- The federal government, through Lai Mohammed, slams the PDP for its alleged desperation ahead of the 2019 election
- Lai Mohammed alleges that the PDP lans to instigate anarchy in an attempt to discredit the election
- The minister notes that the PDP had constantly declared its lack of confidence in INEC and the police
The federal government on Thursday, February 14, warned the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) against throwing Nigerian into anarchy out of its desperation to grab power at all cost, saying Nigeria's unity and survival override any party's ambition.
A statement from Segun Adeyemi, an aide to Lai Mohammed, the information minister, quoted his principal as saying this in Ilorin, Kwara state while addressing journalists.
Mohammed alleged the ongoing attempt by the PDP to discredit the results of the yet-to-be held 2019 general elections is an invitation to anarchy.
The minister alleged that the PDP was desperate with the latest manifestation of its determination to discredit the results of the 2019 elections being the statement credited to the opposition party that it lacks confidence in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the party's decision to set up what it calls the Parallel Voting Tabulation (PVT) System.
Mohammed claimed that the PDP had been attacking the two national institutions that are most important to the elections naming these as INEC and the police.
This is part of the party's strategy to erode confidence in the institutions, preparatory to faulting the outcome of the elections.
“We have also been calling national and international attention to this strategy by the PDP. We warned that the PDP will do everything to scuttle the polls, failing which the opposition party will work to discredit the results.
“The persistent accusation of planned rigging of the polls, which is not evidence-based, the not-so-subtle threat of violence issued by the PDP at its press conference on Wednesday and the setting up of the PVT are all geared to achieve one objective: discredit the election results,” Alhaji Mohammed said.
According to the minister, while it is standard practice for political parties to have their own monitoring system during elections, the PDP intends to set up a pseudo-electoral commission that will announce its own concocted results and throw the nation into crisis.
Mohammed warned the PDP of very dire consequences, should it proceed to usurp the role of INEC.
“INEC is the only body statutorily imbued with the power to collate and announce the results of national elections.
“The penalties for any individual or organization that usurps these functions are clearly spelt out. It is therefore necessary to remind the PDP not to sabotage the 2019 general elections on the altar of desperation,” he said.
The minister said it is particularly instructive that the PDP's threat was issued on the same day its presidential candidate joined the candidates of other political parties to sign the second peace accord.
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“The threat of fire and brimstone issued by the PDP, for no reason at all, is incongruent with the stated position of its presidential candidate that his ambition is not worth the life of any Nigerian.
“Attacks on the institutions charged with organizing and securing the elections constitute a recipe for anarchy, while anarchy spares no one's life!” he said while calling on the security agencies to ensure that no one precipitates chaos before, during and after the elections, and urged Nigerians to come out in large numbers to peacefully exercise their franchise.
Legit.ng earlier reported how the federal government raised a similar 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."
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