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PDP Accused Of Planning To Postpone Election In North East
By Musdapha Ilo, Maiduguri
The Yobe State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has accused the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of planning another delay to the forthcoming general election, this time in the troubled north eastern states of Borno, Yobe, Adamawa, and Gombe.
According to a statement issued by Yobe State APC secretary, Abubakar Bakabe, the new plan is to enable the ruling party rig the elections in the four states to make up for its perceived poor performance in the general elections.
“We are concerned with the phony plan by the PDP for a shift in the conduct of the general elections in Adamawa, Borno, Yobe and Gombe states from the rescheduled March 28 and April 11 to pave way for the PDP to rig the election and augment their poor performances in other states through the use of security forces to be massively deployed to the states,’ the party said.
It stated further: “We are also concerned with the hidden agenda contained in the heinous plan to intimidate, disenfranchise, and rig the election reminiscent of what happened in the Ekiti states governorship election last year, through massive deployment of security forces to create an environment for rigging.”
The APC said the PDP is a sinking party that is “afraid of facing Nigerians at the polls due to its failure in the last 15 years of leadership,’ and hence, “the ill-conceived plan for a serial rape of democracy in Nigeria.”
It also asked the ruling party to abort the postponement plan while also calling on security agents not to undermine the country’s democracy by allowing themselves to be used by politicians to scuttle the electoral process in Nigeria.