BY VICTOR BUORO, ABUJA – The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Thursday said that it already has intelligence on how a serving minister on President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet has mapped out plans to unleash unbridle violence and manipulate the electoral process in favour of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the re-run election in Essien Udin Local Government Area slated for Saturday.
The PDP alleged that part of the plot indicated that a Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police has been compromised to deploy policemen to invade the local government to create crisis.
The PDP therefore said that it has to raise the alarm over the exposed plot by the APC to unleash violence on the people and rig the re-run election in Essien Udim Local Government of Akwa Ibom State.
The party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, said that the DIG allegedly promised the minister that with proper funding he will do the same thing that was done in Bayelsa in favour of the APC during the November 17, 2019 governorship election.
It further said; “As part of the strategy, the DIG reportedly promised to deploy a more senior police Commissioner than the one in Akwa Ibom State to take charge of the command of policemen posted for the election in the local government area and that when that senior police commissioner comes even the State Police Commissioner will be under his command.
“The plot, which is being heavily funded by the serving minister, also seeks to transfer the State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr Mike Iginni and replace him with a pliable and already compromised official.
“This is to be carried out even when there is a subsisting order of the FCT High Court restraining the redeployment of Mr. Mike Igini from Akwa Ibom State pending the determination of the case which is still pending.
“Our party invites Nigerians to note the desperation of the serving minister to throw Akwa Ibom State into a needless crisis because he has realized that the people at the grassroot have rejected the APC and that there is no way the APC can win in any free, fair and credible election.
“We are concerned about the plot to deploy huge number of policemen into a local government and put them under the control of such an officer as a DIG is extremely suspect, as past experiences across the nation had shown that such deployments to violent confrontations, killings, maiming and massive intimidations of voters that only aid election riggers and other anti-democratic forces to compromise electoral processes.
“Our party is worried because there is no way the people of Essien Udim Local Government as well as Akwa Ibom State in general, will sit by, fold their hands and watch compromised security agents invading their communities to rig elections for any desperate politician, without a corresponding resistance,” the PDP spokesman said.
The Party therefore warned that any attempt by the APC to invade the local government to rig the election will indeed attract dire consequences.
The PDP called on the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to avert an imminent crisis by immediately reining in his Deputy Inspector General from going ahead with this ignoble mission as the police will be held responsible for any death or mayhem arising from this re-run election in Akwa Ibom State.