The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of inciting violence in Kogi and Bayelsa States with a view to causing confusion, frustrate the electoral process and possibly impede the forthcoming governorship elections in the states.
In a statement issued on Wednesday, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, said the imprints of the APC could be felt in the sudden militancy in Kogi State as well as the growing cases of political violence in Bayelsa State ahead of the November 21 and December 5 governorship elections in the two states respectively.
The party said: “The APC has perfected a heinous plot to inject crisis in the states ostensibly to frustrate the electoral procedures within the constitutional time frame, so as to prevent PDP candidates, Governors Idris Wada and Seriake Dickson(Kogi and Bayelsa) from being re-elected into office.
“We invite Nigerians to note that the build up to the militancy in Kogi State has been long started by the APC and its candidate, Prince Abubakar Audu, who has been fouling the state’s political environment with hate, and inciting utterances, including threats to lives of PDP supporters and perceived political opponents.
“Intelligence information available to us indicates that the APC has been training and arming thugs to unleash mayhem and destabilise the state ahead of the election.
“The PDP therefore charges Nigerians, all security agencies and the international community to note the evil machination of the APC and hold them responsible for the growing disturbances, especially should there be any breakdown of law and order during the governorship elections in the states.
“In the same vein, we call on President Muhammadu Buhari to see the two forthcoming elections as litmus tests of his democratic credentials. He should, as duty demands of him as the father of the nation, ensure that he takes immediate steps to rein in members of his party, the APC, in the two states.
“We also call on the people of these two core PDP states to be vigilant and ensure that they do not fall prey to the gimmicks of the APC.”
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