The All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council has alleged plans by the federal government to deliberately engineer trouble in Lagos, Imo, Bayelsa, Rivers, Kano and Sokoto states to enable the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) reschedule the elections in the affected areas.
The Nation reports that the statement was issued by Mallam Garba Shehu, the director of media and publicity, on March 25. It said the PDP-led government was plotting to cause trouble in the states aiming to sabotage the presidential election.
The statement reads:
“Credible information available to the campaign from deep inside the Federal Government have starkly put it to us that the PDP administration has hatched a plan by which the states of Lagos, Imo, Bayelsa, Rivers, Kano and Sokoto will be racked by trouble of a serious magnitude to sabotage the presidential election and democracy in the country in a sinister, wicked and selfish objective.
”It is clearly intended to generate a crisis of serious proportions that would lead to either the postponement or the outright cancellation of the election to exclude the states from the first round of voting.
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“By this plan, the INEC will be forced to cancel the elections and have these states to conduct rescheduled elections a week later.
“The whole idea, according to these credible sources, is that the government wants to buy time yet again, gain energy and pump resources into a renewed crackdown on popular will in those states. They deploy the entire muscle and resources of the Federal Government to steal the election in the six states.”
Continuing the statement, Shehu said that 100 trained saboteurs had been deployed to each of the states to carry out these cruel acts. Therefore, he advised the citizens “to do all that is lawful to resist the attempts by the outgoing Jonathan administration to bring down our democracy at the point of their exit”.
Muhammadu Buhari, the APC presidential candidate, has recently made another allegation. He said that the PDP has trained thugs to whom they will distribute fake police uniforms to wear on election day to intimidate the electorate.
Meanwhile, the PDP has raised the alarm that the APC is bent on getting the PDP and its candidates in the state disqualified in the March 28 polls by the INEC.