The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of burning down offices of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The PDP made the allegation in a statement signed by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan on Tuesday, February 12, 2019.
According to Vanguard, the PDP said that it has facts to prove its claims and warned INEC to be more careful.
INEC offices in Anambra, Plateau and Abia state have been destroyed by fire recently ahead of the presidential election scheduled to hold on Saturday, February 16, 2019.
Read the full statement below:
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says fresh facts available to it have shown that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is responsible for the burning of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) offices in various parts of the country.
The PDP already has the details of how the APC mobilized misguided elements in its fold to burn INEC offices and destroy electoral materials and equipment in Plateau, Abia and Anambra state.
Our party is also privy to clandestine plots by the APC to burn INEC offices in some other states, so as to paralyze the commission’s operations in such states, and pave the way for the isolation and postponement of Presidential elections in those states; after which it plans to unleash compromised security agencies to muzzle the shifted polls in favour of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Having realized that President Buhari has no chance in a credible, free and fair general election, the APC now plots a violent staggering of the polls so as to use security forces to re-enact the same rigging formula it used in the 2018 Ekiti and Osun governorship elections.
In attacking INEC offices and destroying the card readers, APC seeks to cripple the commission’s use of full benefit of technology that will guarantee a credible biometric voter accreditation.
The PDP in very unequivocal terms insists that it will never accept any attempt by the APC to postpone the Presidential election in any state of the federation. The Presidential election must hold in all the states on the 16th of February and President Buhari will be served his defeat certificate.
The PDP therefore charges Nigerians to resist the desperation of the APC, for which it has now resorted to burning INEC offices. The party also charges INEC to note that the APC is after it facilities and as such put stronger measures to protect itself from the assaults of this desperate party.
PDP sues Buhari
The PDP has also sued President Buhari for allowing to Governors from Niger Republic attend his campaign in Kano state.
The opposition party, in a suit filed at the Federal High Court in Abuja seeks to determine if the presence of the foreigners did not violate the constitution.
INEC assures Nigerians
INEC has however assured Nigerians that elections will still hold in the affected local governments.
Festus Okoye, INEC’s National Commissioner and Chairman, Information and Voter Education Committee has also revealed that the incidents have been reported to the Inspector-General of Police.