The presidency has raised the alarm over alleged plot by the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to disrupt the collation of results of the presidential and national assembly elections held on Saturday, February 23.
In a statement by the All Progressives Congress Campaign Council which was shared by presidential spokesman Femi Adesina, the PDP is reportedly hiring thugs across the country to spoil the collation process.
The statement titled 'A clarion call for nationwide security alert' and was originally written and signed by the APC campaign spokesperson, Festus Keyamo, read:
"It has come to our knowledge from insiders within the PDP Campaign Council who are making last-minute efforts to switch allegiance to President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress that the PDP is currently recruiting armed thugs and miscreants nationwide to attack ward and local government collation centres this evening till the wee hours of tomorrow morning.
"The purpose is to disrupt the collation process of the elections nationwide in order to cause crises and make this election inconclusive. As we know, most of these collation centres are usually in schools or other places that are poorly protected.
"This is therefore a clarion call to all law enforcement agencies to mobilise extra armed security to protect all collation centres nationwide. We also appeal to Nigerians of goodwill and our supporters to provide standby electricity this night at these collation centres.
"We also call on all our party agents, supporters and patriotic Nigerians to stick with these election results from the various units up to the State Collation Centres. There is no cause for any political party at this stage to jubilate or be dejected. Nothing has been won and nothing has been lost. Official results have not been declared. Hence we call for eternal vigilance on the part of our agents and supporters."
The statement also seriously warned party members not to start celebrating the president's victory until the final results by the Independent National Electoral Commission were announced.
"We repeat: NOBODY SHOULD JUBILATE NOW AND ABANDON HIS/HER DUTIES. LET US KEEP OUR FEET FIRMLY ON THE GROUND AND STICK WITH OUR ASSIGNED ROLE(S) UNTIL FINAL RESULTS ARE DECLARED BY INEC."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that President Buhari defeated the candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar at his own polling unit.
Wild jubilation broke out following the announcement that President Buhari scored 186 votes to defeat Atiku.
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