The All Progresives Congress has said the party’s leadership and members will not be intimidated by the latest antics of the Goodluck Jonathan Administration aimed at harassing and intimidating the opposition, especially in the run-up to the March/April general elections.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party said the recent military siege on APC National Leader Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s residence and the Imo State Government House as well as the police harassment of the APC’s Presidential Campaign spokesperson, Garba Shehu, fit perfectly into this emerging pattern.
“As the elections approach, we know the harassment and intimidation will be stepped up. We know our leaders, including the National Chairman Chief John Oyegun, National Leader Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Gov. Rotimi Amaechi, former Gov. Timipre Sylva, Senator Bukola Saraki and National Publicity Secretary Alhaji Lai Mohammed, are under surveillance and their phones being hacked.
“We are aware that several of them, especially the National Publicity Secretary, have been marked down for arrest in the days to come. We know there are evil plots to frame some of them on trumped-up charges. We know our lives are in danger. But these and more will not deter us from continuing to act in the national interest or from seeking to effect change through the ballot box.
“Yes, we are alerting Nigerians that if anything happens to us they should know where it is coming from, but for us there is no going back because we are resolute,” it said.
APC thanked Nigerians for their immense and unwavering support, especially since the postponement of the elections, aimed at dampening the enthusiasm of the citizens, and urged them not to relent.
“We are glad that instead of weakening the resolve and enthusiasm of Nigerians, the Presidency-orchestated postponement has further galvanized them to be more determined not only to vote but also to defend their votes.
“Nigerians must demand and insist that the elections be held as rescheduled, that there will be no interim government or tenure elongation. Nigerians have the power to forge change with their voter’s cards and no one must deny them that right,” the party said
APC called on President Jonathan to remember the verdict of history and put his dogs of war on a leash, realizing that history will judge no one but him even for the actions of his supporters, who are all acting in his name.