APC accuses PDP of plotting to rig 2015 polls, destabilize Nigeria

All Progressives Congress
All Progressives Congress

The PDP has denied the allegation, saying the “guilty are afraid”

The All Progressives Congress, APC, on Sunday, said it has uncovered a grand plot by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the presidency, to rig the 2015 general elections, especially the presidential poll, and also destabilize the country.

In a statement issued in Lagos, on Sunday, by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, APC said a multifaceted strategy that was being employed by the PDP and the presidency in a desperation to win the 2015 general elections at all cost, include the suppression of votes in areas where the president’s chances were slim, using police and the military.

But in a swift reaction, the PDP dismissed the claim, saying the APC was not only distracting the party and the president, who were focussed on the development of the country, adding that the opposition party was merely accusing it of what it was planning to destabilize the country.

According to the APC, the PDP and the presidency planned to use what they have tagged “a Third Force” to deceive Nigerians and project the image of a performing presidency, even when they admit that the current public perception of government was less than salutary because of its weakness and lack of vision.

The opposition party further alleged that the ruling party and the Presidency planned to engage in destabilization it (APC), using moles and fifth columnist, instigate chaos in the South-West geo-political zone, using what they called the ”Old Afenifere Guards” as well as infiltrate and weaken socio-cultural and socio-political organizations in areas they deemed to be unfavourable to the president.

The party claimed that the PDP and the Presidency’s grand plot also did not exclude even the PDP itself, as they were 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. ”After all, it is said that a house divided against itself cannot stand,” APC said.

Elaborating on the plot, the opposition party said the North-East and the North-West geo-political zones had been singled out as areas where votes must be suppressed in 2015, by creating an environment for the deployment of ”special forces” in the run-up to the 2015 elections.

“Simply put, they intend to launch police/military actions in the run-up to 2015, to ensure most of the registered voters in the zones are disenfranchised.

”The reason these two geo-political zones have been singled out for ‘vote suppression’ is because of what the PDP/Presidency called the ‘voting demographics’ in the zones in 2011.

“The North West had 18,900, 54 registered voters in 2011 while the North-East had 10,038,119. By contrast, the president’s ‘safe support base’ of South-South and South-East had 8,937,057 and 7,028,560 respectively, the total of which was less than that of the North-West alone!

”The PDP/Presidency therefore believe that unless the votes in these two zones are suppressed, and those of the South-West (14,298,356) stifled one way or the other, the chances of the President winning re-election are very poor. Needless to say that these three zones (NE, NW and SW) are considered to be hostile to the President, hence must be tamed,” APC said.

On what it called the Third Force, APC alleged that it would involve rail-roading unsuspecting credible and independent-minded Nigerians with deep knowledge of, 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.

The party noted that perhaps the most dangerous aspect of the plot is the determined attempt by the PDP and the Presidency to constrict the democratic space by moving against the main opposition party which they regard as a ”real threat” to the President if it (party) does not implode or forced to break up before 2015.

It added, “The strategy to achieve this is multi-pronged: The PDP/Presidency will use those they called fifth columnists, disillusioned party members and ‘deep cover plants’ to fracture the APC; play up clash of ambitions among its leaders, as well as create and empower a new anti-APC political force in the South-West, comprising the old Afenifere guards whom they described as spent and disillusioned forces, but who can be manipulated to achieve the desired objective of neutralizing the APC, and to revive some dormant political forces.

APC said while it was not bothered by the desperation 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 far from democratic just to retain power at all cost.

”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.

The party called on Nigerians “to be vigilant in the days, weeks and months ahead as the PDP and Presidency begin to roll out their grand plot.”

However, the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Jalo Ibrahim debunked the allegations, saying the opposition party was the one planning to rig the polls and destabilize the nation.

“It is not true. The APC is overheating the polity; they are prophets of doom. Instead of focussing on development, they are talking about rigging of elections. This is a case of ‘the guilty are afraid’. It is what they have made up their minds to do that they are accusing PDP of doing,” Mr Ibrahim told PREMIUM TIMES in a telephone interview on Sunday.

The PDP spokesman said President Goodluck Jonathan was busy trying the fix the nation, including the providing efficient power supply and would not have the times to waste on election rigging as claimed by the APC.

Mr Ibrahim said, “Jonathan is busy trying to see that the issue of electricity supply is tackled. He is trying to see that those companies that bid for the power formation start working in October, and so he will not waste his time thinking of election rigging.

“As far as PDP is concerned, APC is like ACN before the amalgamation. The marriage has not been tested. Let them solve their internal problems. PDP is mindful of pushing the country forward in terms of development.

PDP is not afraid to go into electoral contest let alone, doing so with APC which comprises politicians who are not prepared to move the country forward. We were with some of them in PDP – people like Nasir el-Rufai. You know how Gani Fawehinmi tried to prosecute Bola Tinubu over his certificate scandal.

“So, APC should go and give Nigerians their programme and line of action. We are not distracted by what they are doing. We will continue with what we are doing to move this country forward. The focus of the president to move the country forward is very solid. Mr President is a democrat. I know him right from the days he was deputy governor. He is patient and does not habour ill-feeling against anybody.”


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  • Mani_Kay

    These false claims by APC are a threat to national security and lie in the realm of treason; a calculated attempt to undermine National Security, heat up the polity and erode the credibility of the 2015 general elections. The National Security Adviser must arrest these Muslim terrorists/hooligans and investigate their claims. It is a well known fact that Islam thrives on peddling falsehood (Taqiyya) and murderous violence; hence the need for our security agencies to be watchful and vigilant.

    • Concerned

      If you do know Islam, please do not talk about Islam.

    • Sid

      Keep Islam off this talk. U made a point. But the islam talk is not necessary. Islam does not teach violence it is misinterpreted to by those who want the wrath of God.

    • Isimeme1

      @Mani_Kay:disqus or Ken mani what ever u call urself, u said this: “false claims by APC are a threat to national security and lie in the realm of treason”

      Treason, huh? what do you call stealing from the poor masses? Patriotism? I know people like u are not stupid. Just dishonest, despicable, and dishonorable. These poor masses that you insult by supporting the looters & traitors, will have their day. read your history about the pogroms of the 60’s. “By their utterances & actions, we shall know them when the time comes for retribution”

  • Sanusi A Yaradua

    Of course it happened in 2011 when my home state Katsina was put under military curfew in order to rig the elections for Jonathan. We in Katsina state laugh at Jonathan knowing that he is only a liar whenever he says that the 2011 elections was the best in Nigeria. How could elections be free, fair and the best when electorates are subjected to military curfew. Therefore, in 2015 it should be fire-for-fire. No any political criminal who has no respect for rule of law and the constitution can use military to rig our elections. It is just a revolution to live or to die we shall never be ruled by force.

    • Mani_Kay

      Great!!! The good thing is that Jonathan “rigged” the election in Katsina State in favour of Buhari.

      • Abdulkareem A.

        And you and the likes of Jonathan are afraid of Free and fair election and afraid of Buhari. Many Kay, anti HAUSA-FULANI anti MUSLIMS anti NORTH. we are watching you and you can’t do anything to these ppl, Allah is there.

  • Afam

    “The North West had 18,900, 54 registered voters in 2011 while the North-East had 10,038,119. By contrast, the president’s ‘safe support base’ of South-South and South-East had 8,937,057 and 7,028,560 respectively, the total of which was less than that of the North-West alone!

    The same fake figures they used at the 2011 presidential election tribunal,nothing ,false figure and fake maths…2016 is coming for census we will actually know the real figures of those Northerners not Malians and Nigeriens ….

  • armrod

    Not until ACN tell us how Jonathan won in southwest in 2011 all these their noise wont go anywhere. I am surprised how ACN swallowed all the party that merged with them.
    Again one problem with this glorified ACN called APC is that they so much depends on propaganda than campaign for vote. They are not telling Nigerians what they will do differently from Pdp. They only tell us the ills of Pdp. It is this reason why Mimiko humbled then at ondo state. With all the money and the so called political acumen of Tinubu with all the ACN governors trooped out against one man but Mimiko disgraced them. There is no propaganda that liar mohammed did not throw out then.
    South West political establishment joined with mimiko to teach Tinibu a political lesson.
    2015 am happy that the opposition have given up in southeast and south south these are the people going to vote Jonathan with their feet and hands.
    PDP know how to campaign they don’t depend on propaganda when the time reach you will see pdp in action they will be in every village in Nigeria.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    PDP-president Jonathan faction is desperate and will adopt any means to rig and manipulate 2015 presidential poll but will fail flat as the president Jonathan has recorded F-9 scores in security,power,healthcare,employment generation.Nigeria is worst than may,2010 when president Jonathan was sworn into office after the death of late president Yar’dua.
    But APC and patriotic Nigerians will not fold their hands and allow him but will be at alert and protect their ballot papers and ensure their votes will not be stolen or ballot boxes allowed to be snatched by PDP president Jonathan paid field hoodlums.

    • Edis63

      Let us see how it turns out. Your APC is not as popular as you delude yourself into believing. I may not be satisfied with GEJ but he has clearly outperformed those before him in so short a time. Never has any president in the history of this nation faced the opposition he is facing and yet he makes progress steadily.

      Front your candidate APC. We will meet at the polls.

      • Abdulkareem A.

        With the insecurity, power failure, corruption (fuel subsidy scandal, police pension fraud etc) and you are still talking progress?????? Looting spree, lack of job ,cluelessness , sectionalism, etc.

  • Olumide

    Thank God APC has accepted defeat in advance. They make noise too much. APC can only decieve people that have ₪o† been close to know Ђδω they operate.

    • Meme meme

      Job less APC, can’t they think anything good for this country. The Emperor is there in England killing himself with hard drugs. Did anybody saw the picture he took with Buhari ? What was a lighter doing on the stoll or side table close to where he was seated. The pictures posted by Primium Times yesterday. …,

  • Adekunle

    If Mr President is less concerned about rigging but cares about delivering his voodoo transformation agenda and we can’t see anything then am afraid Mr President is as empty as he is called

    • Meme meme

      Job less APC, can’t they think anything good for this country. The Emperor is there in England killing himself with hard drugs. Did anybody saw the picture he took with Buhari ? What was a lighter doing on the stoll or side table close to where he was seated. The pictures posted by Primium Times yesterday. Lol

  • Meme meme

    Job less APC, can’t they think anything good for this country. The Emperor is there in England killing himself with hard drugs. Did anybody saw the picture he took with Buhari ? What was a lighter doing on the stoll or side table close to where he was seated. The pictures posted by Primium Times yesterday. ,,,,,