The Peoples Democratic Party has charged the security agencies to investigate leaders of the All Progressives Congress which were reportedly involved in killings and violence during the November 16 elections in Bayelsa and Kogi States.
PDP made this call following the attempt of APC to dismiss the nationwide calls for electoral reforms in a statement through Lanre Issa-Onilu, claiming that no amount of reform can help PDP’s outcry and demand for violence-free election in Nigeria.
The party in a statement through its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, said: “By gloating and interpreting national and international concerns over bloodletting and violence in our elections as PDP’s “malady”, the APC has further confirmed apprehensions that it is the mastermind of the horrific violence and forceful invasion of polling units to aid their rigging plots.”
PDP stated that only a mastermind and beneficiary of violence would stand against electoral reforms.
He stated that APC in its statement has confirmed that its a murderous pillager which has no regard for the life of Nigerians.
Ologondiyan further stated that this is because its thrive only on violence, knowing that there is no way it can win in a free, fair and credible election.
“It is now no longer strange that APC leaders have been trying every means to frustrate investigations into the bloody brigandage the agents of the APC unleashed in the elections, in which about 10 Nigerians were reportedly beheaded in Bayelsa while over 22 others were felled in Kogi, including an innocent mother, Mrs Salome Abuh, who was burnt alive in her home by APC agents.”
He added that in spite of the condemnation of the killing of Mrs Abuh and call for the arrest of the culprits by Nigerians and the international community, the perpetrators are being shielded by the APC.
Ologbondiyan questioned the security agencies for not parading the arrested suspects and for not arraigning before any court of competent jurisdiction.
“While Nigerians are still mourning the gruesome killings of compatriots in the two states, the APC leaders are dancing naked on the graves of the victims by trying to divert public attention from the crime while giving official cover to arsonist and murderers who the APC deployed to kill voters, snatch and stuff ballot boxes.”
“By APC comments against the genuine effort to end electoral violence in our country, it is clear that certain APC leaders indeed need to come clean on their roles in plotting and executing of violence in the elections.”
“On our part, the PDP remains a law-abiding party committed to the wellbeing of Nigerians and will continue to support all genuine efforts by stakeholders to end electoral violence as well as bring perpetrators to book.”