- The PDP has accused the APC of allegedly smuggling some political mercenaries into the country
- According to party, these mercenaries are to be blamed for the escalation of banditry and associated acts of violence in parts of the country
- The opposition party urged Nigerian Army to flush the mercenaries out
- The Army earlier said some unpatriotic individuals, groups and foreign interests were planning to derail handing over on May 29 and scuttle the democratic process in the country
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Sunday, May 5, informed Nigerian Army and other securities agencies that some political mercenaries have been smuggled into the country by the All Progressives Congress (APC).
New Telegraph reports that the opposition party urged the Army to flush the mercenaries out and shield the nation and democracy from further security threats.
PDP, in a statement by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, said: “Nigerians can recall that the PDP had raised the alarm when the APC, seeing that it cannot win in a free, fair and credible election, compromised our territorial borders to bring in political mercenaries from other countries to participate in their campaign rallies, as well as assist them in perpetuating violence.
"Nigerians can also recall how APC agents unbridled violence on voters in Kano, Kaduna, Rivers, Kogi, Taraba, Adamawa and other states of the federation to muscle votes for its candidates, particularly in the presidential election; and how the APC leadership stood in staunch defence of the compromising of our territorial borders as well as the violence that characterized the elections.
“This was in addition to apprehensions of possible plots by the APC to use the thugs to cause confusion and derail our democratic process, should they fail to rig the elections."
It noted that the APC had not been able to state the whereabouts of these thugs after the elections.
According to the party, this has raised fears that the mercenaries had filtered deeper into national territory and population, which it blamed for the escalation of banditry and associated acts of violence in parts of the country.
It restated the call for an investigation into the alleged link between the APC and the security situation in the country.
It said: “This is particularly as the APC is now overweighed by public disapproval and opprobrium for rigging the election; and being faced with huge legitimacy challenges ahead, can resort to all manner of shenanigans just to divert public attention from its odious status.”
The party stated its commitment to the unity, stability and sovereignty of Nigeria as well as the deepening of her democratic process.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the Nigerian Army said some unpatriotic individuals, groups and foreign interests were planning to derail handing over on May 29 and scuttle the democratic process in the country.
The Army explained that the mischievous elements thought the country would not have a safe and successful general elections.
The spokesman of the Army, Colonel Sagir Musa in a statement made reference to “persons and groups making concerted efforts to further induce ISWAP/Boko Haram terrorists and bandits with funds and other logistic support."
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