The Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organisation, said on Friday that it has uncovered a plot by the All Progressives Congress to stage attacks on some its own key leaders in order to blame the ruling PDP.
APC had on Thursday raised the alarm that the lives of some of its leaders were in danger.
“As the elections approach, we know the harassment and intimidation will be stepped up. We know our leaders, including the National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, National Leader, Asiwaju Bila Ahmed Tinubu, Rivers State Governor, Rotimi Amaechi, former Bayelsa State Governor Timipre Sylva, Senator Bukola Saraki and the National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, are under surveillance and their phones being bogged,” the APC said in a statement by its spokesperson, Lai Mohammed.
Reacting to the allegation, the Director General of the organisation, Femi Fani-Kayode, said the plot by the leadership of the opposition party to stage-manage the attacks on themselves was meant to portray the President Goodluck Jonathan and the PDP as being violent.
“As diabolical as this plan appears to be, it should come as no surprise to the Nigerian people given the antecedents of the APC,” the organisation said.
“It is their stock-in-trade and their hallmark to engage in cheap propaganda and blackmail and to indulge in the most hideous form of violence. The recent torching of some of the branded buses of our party by the APC in Jos did not come to us as a surprise.
“Again the attacks on the convoy of our candidate, President Goodluck Jonathan, whilst he was campaigning in Katsina, Bauchi, Taraba, Adamawa and Kaduna States were all carried out by members of the APC and the supporters and disciples of General Muhammadu Buhari.”
The organisation noted that as an example of the APC leaders’ sheer deceit, there was a video of the burning of the PDP campaign buses all over social media.
It said the video footage showed a group of hoodlums offering songs of praise to presidential candidate of the APC, Muhammadu Buhari, and chanting war songs whilst they indulged in a gruesome and unrestrained orgy of violence.
“Yet the APC still attempted to deceive Nigerians by claiming that the burning of the buses was carried out by members of the PDP in Plateau State,” it said.
“The fact of the matter is that our party was not embroiled in any violent intra-party fracas in Plateau state. Furthermore our party leaders and members in Plateau State have demonstrated the highest level of decorum and civility even in the face of sponsored violence in the state.”
The organisation said it recalled that a serving senator, Gyang Dantong, lost his life in one of such sponsored acts of violence by the agents of darkness who have serially supported amnesty for terrorists.
It stated that it was self-evident that those who burnt buses in Plateau State were supporters of the APC and not members of the PDP.
It said rather than accept full responsibility for these attacks the APC quickly linked the attack on Mr. Oyegun to the PDP, insinuating that there were more attacks to come.
Describing the alleged stimulated attacks by the APC as “irresponsible and dangerous path to tread,” the organised said “we hereby serve notice to the leaders of the APC not to play with such dangerous fire.”
It stated furthers, “If they insist on doing so their plan will backfire in a way that they cannot possibly comprehend and it will have far-reaching and tumultuous consequences for the fortunes of their party. Yet the truth is that their plan will not work. It is yet another cheap attempt at poisoning the political environment and fouling up the political space.”
The organisation asked members of the public and the security agencies to be very vigilant so as not to become objects of collateral damage whenever the APC choose to carry out their plot.
It also recounted that Mr. Jonathan had repeatedly said that his ambition was not worth the blood of any Nigerian and that by way of contrast Mr. Buhari had told the Nigerian people that ”the dog and the baboon will both be soaked in blood in 2015.”
It said, “The Nigerian people will decide which of these two statements are more responsible and which of the two candidates is fit to lead our nation on March 28th.
”On that day they will decide whether it is the candidate that wants peace at all costs and that insists that there must be no shedding of blood or the one that consistently talks about violence and the shedding of blood that will lead Nigeria for the next four years.
“We urge those that are set on the track of simulated violence to desist from carrying out their wicked plans and to desist from employing such foul means to gain sympathy for their candidate, their party and their dwindling fortunes.”