Fresh alarm has been raised over an alleged plot by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to “orchestrate a crisis and trigger a sense of panic among the populace,” ahead of the forthcoming elections.
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed who made this known, claimed that the move is aimed at discrediting the forthcoming election and causing a constitutional crisis.
He said the plot confirms the alarm raised by the Federal Government on January 21st and February 3rd 2019 that the “PDP was planning to scuttle the election and, where that fails, discredit it.”
Mohammed said in the days ahead, PDP bigwigs, including its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, his running mate, Peter Obi and PDP Governors are “planning a world press conference in order to level frivolous and unfounded allegations against the federal government and the All Progressives Congress (APC).”
Mohammed said part of the “false allegations they plan to make was the Presidency was planning to force the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to announce presidential election results that are favourable to the government in power, on the basis of the false premise that the APC’s intelligence team is worried that the ruling party would lose the elections.”
The Minister claimed that PDP bigwigs also plan to use their world press conference to further disparage the Buhari Administration as well as the ruling APC, with a view to painting an unfavourable image of both Nigerians and the international community and to put the government on the defensive in the run-up to the polls.
He said the PDP’s last joker was a two-hour live press conference to be addressed by the party’s Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbodiyan, on February 14, the last day of electioneering campaign, to chronicle all their concocted allegations and lies against the ruling government, cast aspersion on government and ruling party officials and throw innuendos here and there.
The statement reads: ”As electioneering campaign winds down, the PDP has realized that it cannot possibly win a free, fair and credible poll. It has thus resorted to engaging in red herring, hauling insults and abuses at the federal government and ruling party officials and making outlandish allegations with a view to creating a sense of panic and crisis.
”The truth is that President Muhammadu Buhari, a man respected globally for his integrity, has continuously assured that the elections will be free, fair, credible and peaceful. He has warmly welcomed observers, both local and foreign., because he has nothing to hide, and because he is sure that the achievements of his Administration will win him re-election.
”We are therefore calling on all Nigerians and the international community to disregard any attempt to scuttle or discredit the polls. We urge observers to keep an open mind. There is no cause for alarm, except in the warped imagination of the PDP, which has entered the panic mode and is already ruing the loss of another general election even before it has been held.”