PDP, Presidency plan to rig 2015 polls – APC
The All Progressives Congress (APC) said on Sunday that it had uncovered an alleged plot by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Presidency to rig the 2015 general elections, especially the presidential poll.
According to a statement by APC's Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the PDP and Jonathan presidency have evolved multi-faceted strategy to effect their planned nefarious act.
The main opposition party in the statement listed some of the action points of the strategy to include suppression of votes in areas where the President's chances are slim, using the police and the military.
They also plan to use what they have tagged a Third Force to bamboozle Nigerians and project the image of a performing Presidency, even when they admit that the current public perception of government is less than salutary because of its weakness and lack of vision, the party alleged in the statement.
Other elements of the strategy, according to the opposition party are: Engaging in the destabilisation of the APC using moles and fifth columnists; instigating chaos in the Southwest using what they called the ''Old Afenifere Guards'' as well as infiltrating and weakening socio-cultural and socio-political organisations in areas they deemed to be unfavourable to the President.
APC went further to allege that the PDP/Presidency's grand plot extends also even the PDP itself, as they are pursuing a strategy of decisively and ruthlessly purging from the ranks of the party's inner decision-making caucus all recalcitrant members, including governors and House of Representatives members.
''The dogged pursuit of this action of dealing with supposed recalcitrant members has led to suspensions, expulsions and alienation of some PDP members, and it was the immediate trigger of the collapse of the party of tattered umbrella,'' APC said.
''After all, it is said that a house divided against itself cannot stand.''
Elaborating on the satanic plot, the party said the Northeast and the Northwest have been singled out as areas where votes must be suppressed in 2015, by creating an enabling environment for the deployment of ''special forces'' in the run-up to the 2015 elections. Simply put, they intend to launch police/military actions in the run-up to 2015, to ensure most of the registered voters in the zones are disenfranchised.
''The reason these two geo-political zones have been singled out for 'vote suppression' is because of what the PDP/Presidency called the 'voting demographics' in the zones in 2011. The North west had 18,900, 543 registered voters in 2011 while the Northeast had 10,038,119. By contrast, the President's 'safe support base' of Southsouth and Southeast had 8,937,057 and 7,028,560 respectively, the total of which was less than that of the Northwest alone!
''The PDP/Presidency therefore believe that unless the votes in these two zones are suppressed, and those of the Southwest (14,298,356) stifled one way or the other, the chances of the President winning re-election are very poor. Needless to say that these three zones (NE, NW and SW) are considered to be hostile to the President, hence must be tamed,'' the APC said.
On the Third Force, APC said it involves railroading unsuspecting credible and independent-minded Nigerians with deep knowledge of, and extensive penetration of the media, civil societygroups, labour, youth, women and ethnic nationalities into the plan, in which they will be given scripts written by the government and sent out to inundate the airwaves and the print media, posing as experts and public analysts to peddle lies and reel out statistics that have no bearing on the standard of living of the average Nigerian.
The party said perhaps the most dangerous aspect of the plot is the determined attempt by the PDP/Presidency to constrict the democratic space by moving against the main opposition party which they regard as a ''real threat'' to the President if it (party) does not implode or forced to break up before 2015.
The strategy to achieve this is multi-pronged: The PDP/Presidency will use those they called fifth columnists, disillusioned party members and 'deep cover plants' to fracture the APC; Play up clash of ambitions among its leaders, as well as create and empower a new anti-APC political force in the South-West, comprising the old Afenifere guards whom they described as spent and disillusioned forces, but who can be manipulated to achieve the desired objective of neutralising the APC; And to revive some dormant political forces.
APC said while it is not bothered by the desperation of the PDP/Presidency to engage in unfair and foul means to win elections, it is astounded that a democratically-elected President will resort to actions that are far from democratic just to retain power at all cost.
''The PDP/Presidency should know that no power in the world can stop an idea whose time has come. For Nigeria, this is the time for change, and change will come in spite of the shenanigans of the devilish duo. Our hope is that these desperadoes do not destroy the country in their rabid ambition,'' the party said.
It called on Nigerians to be vigilant in the days, weeks and months ahead as the PDP/Presidency begin to roll out their grand plot.
But PDP has described as unfounded and mere sophistry the APC allegation that it has concluded plans to rig the 2015 presidency and general elections, stating that it is part of the failures associated with the opposition party, as it is designed to fail.
According to its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, 'this is all excuses for the APC envisioned monumental failure in the 2015 polls. The APC is a media creation. They are not on ground. The statement is merely trying to justify its anticipated failure'.
The PDP spokesman said that the ruling party will 'no longer dignify disgruntled and frustrated persons and groups with responses and replies. We have directed all organs of the party to engage only in productive and proactive activities'.
Accordingly, he said: 'The PDP is only willing to discuss the policies and programs of the government. Nigerians will like to know the oppositions' alternatives to the President's programmes'.