The All Progressives Congress (APC) has raised the alarm over a grand plot by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the presidency to rig the 2015 general elections, particularly the presidential poll and also to destabilize the country.
But the presidency has denied the opposition’s allegation saying the APC is already finding an excuse for its anticipated failure.
APC in a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its Interim national publicity secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the multi-faceted strategy adopted by the PDP and the presidency, in their unbridled desperation to win the 2015 elections at all cost, include suppression of votes in areas considered to be hostile to the president as well as using the police and the military.
“They also plan to use what they have tagged a Third Force to bamboozle Nigerians and project the image of a performing presidency, even when they admit that the current public perception of government is less than salutary because of its weakness and lack of vision; engage in the destabilization of the APC using moles and fifth columnists; instigate chaos in the south-west using what they called the ‘Old Afenifere Guards’ as well as infiltrate and weaken socio-cultural and socio-political organisations in areas they deemed to be unfavourable to the president.”
APC said to its shock, it discovered that the PDP/presidency’s grand plot also did not exclude even the PDP itself, as they are pursuing a strategy of decisively and ruthlessly purging from the ranks of the party’s inner decision-making caucus all recalcitrant members, including governors and House of Representatives members.
“The dogged pursuit of this action of dealing with supposed recalcitrant members has led to suspensions, expulsions and alienation of some PDP members, and it was the immediate trigger of the collapse of the party of tattered umbrella,” APC said.
“After all, it is said that a house divided against itself cannot stand,” the party added.
Throwing more light on the satanic plot, APC specifically mentioned the Northeast, Northwest and Southwest as some of the places where the PDP/presidency plans to suppress votes in 2015.
Using the population of registered voters there in 2011 to support its claim, APC said President Goodluck Jonathan’s ‘safe support base’ of Southsouth and Southeast paled to insignificance when compared to the ‘voting demographics’ in the Northwest alone.
On the Third Force, APC said it involves railroading unsuspecting credible and independent-minded Nigerians with deep knowledge and extensive penetration of the media, civil society, labour, youth, women and ethnic nationalities into the plan in which they will be given scripts written by the government and sent out to inundate the airwaves and the print media, posing as experts and public analysts to peddle lies and reel out statistics that have no bearing on the standard of living of the average Nigerian.
APC further stated that perhaps the most dangerous aspect of the plot is the determined attempt to move against the main opposition party if other plans to force it to implode or break up before 2015 do not work out.
To achieve this aspect of the plot, APC alleged that the PDP/presidency will deploy fifth columnists, disillusioned party members and ‘deep cover plants’ to infiltrate and fracture the party as well as sponsor the emergence of a new anti-APC political force in the Southwest made up of old Afenifere guards, who they described as spent and disillusioned forces but are willing tools to spearhead the desired objective of neutralizing the APC.
While declaring its resolve to remain unshaken by the desperate antics of the PDP/presidency to engage in unfair and foul means to win elections, it is astounded that a democratically elected president will resort to actions that are against the tenets of democracy just to hold on to power by any means.
“The PDP/presidency should know that no power in the world can stop an idea whose time has come. For Nigeria, this is the time for change, and change will come in spite of the shenanigans of the devilish duo. Our hope is that these desperadoes do not destroy the country in their rabid ambition,” the party said.
APC, therefore, enjoined Nigerians to be vigilant in the days, weeks and months ahead as the PDP/presidency begins to implement their grand plot.
Meanwhile, in its reaction to the statement by Lai Mohammed, the presidency, through the special adviser to the president on political matters, Dr. Ahmed Gulak, said the PDP does not need to rig the 2015 election.
“The APC is a crisis-ridden arrangement that is already being stared in the face by failure ahead of 2015. They should face their challenge of being a concoction of strange bedfellows rather than looking at the PDP and the presidency for any of their problems. We do not need to rig the 2015 election because we have enjoyed the confidence of Nigerians since the inception of democracy in 1999.”