US, UK visa threat: Lai Mohammed says APC will win without rigging election
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MINISTER of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, says the Federal Government has accepted the statements of the United Kingdom and the United States to restrict visas to defaulters during the 2019 elections.
He said the All Progressives Congress (APC) was confident of its emergence as the winners in the upcoming polls.
Mohammed made this known via a statement on Friday, saying that the warnings could not have been issued at a better time than now, especially following alerts that the opposition Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) were planning to rig the election through violent activities.
“A few days ago, we alerted the nation to the plot by the opposition to orchestrate widespread violence in the country, using insurgents and criminal elements within and outside the country,” Mohammed stated.
“Their plan is to scuttle the election and then push for an interim government, having realised they can’t win a free, fair, credible and peaceful election.
”The fact that those statements came after we issued our red alert, which is based on credible intelligence, shows that the international community is closely monitoring events ahead of the election.
“We urge them to keep a close tab on the desperate opposition, whose language, actions and undisguised threats are antithetical to the conduct of peaceful polls.”
Mohammed said the APC won the presidential election fair and square in 2015 without having to resort to manipulations or perpetrating violence.
He said considering the massive support that the APC enjoys from the citizens, the party is not jittery about going to the polls again.
Mohammed also urged the international community to monitor the opposition activities, which he believed were up to dubious strategies to rig the polls.