The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has raised the alarm over what it called an ‘open threat’ by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, John Odigie-Oyegun, to institute a parallel government should the opposition party lose the 2015 general elections.
PDP said the plan was to enact an ‘Arab Spring’ in Nigeria and berated APC for always claiming an election was rigged whenever it lost while accepting as free and fair, whenever it is declared winner.
In a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, on Wednesday in Abuja, PDP said it is a globally acknowledged fact that shadow or parallel governments have no place in a Presidential system.
“Therefore, the threat to institute such is nothing short of implementing the agenda to destabilize and collapse the democratic system and institute a reign of anarchy”, Metuh said.
The publicity secretary said that the statement credited to Mr. Odigie-Oyegun, confirmed the ruling party’s position that the APC is not planning for the 2015 election but an overthrow of a democratically elected government having realized that it cannot and will not win in the general elections.
He said: “The pronouncement confirms that the APC is indeed promoting a Janjaweed ideology and further reinforces the long held suspicion that they have been holding meetings outside the country to enact an Arab Spring as a means to forcefully take over power when it loses in 2015.
“This explains why they have been making inflammatory statements and publishing negative advertorials and articles in local and foreign media to incite Nigerians, embolden insurgents and stir hatred and division among the populace while balkanizing the nation along its fault lines.
“All the pockets of anti-government protests and calls for civil disobedience in parts of the country bear the imprints of the APC and are geared towards cultivating a fertile ground for them to unleash a reign of terror against the country”.
The statement recalled that the importation of thugs to create confusion in governorship elections that held in Anambra, Ekiti and now Osun State, are all part of a grand plot to discredit the electoral system and truncate the 2015 elections.
According to Metuh, “the attacks on institutions of government including the judiciary and the security agencies are all part of the larger plot to weaken government systems and make them vulnerable and powerless and set the stage for the materialization of their ignoble plans”.
While calling on Nigerians to be prepared to defend their hard earned democracy and protect it from those it called ‘encircling vultures’, who are hell-bent on dragging the country back to the dark ages, PDP alleged that the hiring of foreign consultants by the APC to tarnish the image of the country abroad, was so that it could “gain foreign support when they eventually strike”.