The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is plotting to institute a one party system in Nigeria.
The party, according to Blueprint made, this allegation yesterday, March 7 in Abuja in an address to journalists on the topic: “Nigeria on the Brink of Dictatorship."
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Chief Olisa Metuh, the national publicity secretary of the PDP, in his address warned that: “Our nation and its citizens are facing a serious threat. We are at the verge of a quick slide into dictatorship and the personal freedom we all enjoy today is about to be obliterated."
He alleged that rather than focus on the myriads of problems bedeviling Nigeria, the APC was scheming on how to stifle opposition and impose a one-party system and complete totalitarian rule in Nigeria.
He added: “Reports reaching the PDP leadership from across the country show that the APC has been desperately seeking ways to destabilise our ranks and weaken our formations by approaching some senior members of our National Executive Committee (NEC) with phantom promises and threats, ostensibly to use them to inject crisis in our fold and pave way for our elected members to cross over to APC.
“Furthermore, the PDP has it on good authority that part of this agenda of the APC is to intimidate and harass our members, especially officials who served under our administration.
“However, we wish to state in very unequivocal terms that the PDP leadership, under the chairmanship of Ahmadu Adamu Mu’azu, will not condone any witch-hunt on any of our elected and appointed officers, including state governors, ministers, legislators and others who served with clean records as such will be met with stiff resistance within the ambits of the principles of democracy.
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“We will do everything humanly possible within the rules to defend democratic principles and ethics, which we have successfully nourished in the past 16 years.”
Meanwhile, President Goodluck Jonathan has called on Nigerians to remain peaceful, united and law-abiding as they vote on Saturday for governorship and State Assembly elections. In a statement signed by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Dr Reuben Abati, Jonathan stressed the need for Nigerians to eschew divisive statements and ethnic jingoism.