APC plans to use ex-militants for dirty actions during guber/state assembly elections – Delta PDP cries out

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By Kasarachi Azuka, Asaba
Ahead of March 9 governorship and state assembly elections in the
country, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta State has cried
out over what it described as grand plan of the All Progressives
Congress (APC) to capture Delta State and as well enslave Deltans,
alleging that APC would be using ex-militants for their ‘dirty
actions’ in the state, on the election day.
The party accused APC of setting a dangerous plan in motion to
mobilize a large number of ex- militants, move them into a concealed
location, provide them with military uniforms, arm them with weapons
and filter them into specific areas of the state during the elections.
Funkekeme Solomon, Director General, Delta State PDP Campaign rasied
the alarm at a media briefing in Asaba, yesterday.
The party alleged that masterminds behind the devious plan include the
APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, in connivance with former
Delta State Governor, Emmanuel Uduaghan and the governorship
candidate, Great Ogboru as well as top officials of APC in Abuja and
other APC stakeholders in Delta State.
Solomon said, “We have been informed that these ex-militants, when
fully dressed as military personnel and armed with weapons, will now
be deployed and filtered into PDP strongholds, particularly in the
riverine areas where they are familiar with the terrain and in places
like Delta North which is easy to navigate, with strict instructions
to perform dirty actions.”
He said that such dirty actions include to psychologically disorganize
the PDP members in the identified areas by arresting and/or placing
key members of the state governor, Ifeanyi Okowa’s Cabinet and top PDP
officials of the state, under forced house arrest in order to dissolve
their resolve, quarantine them to prevent free movement to go and cast
their votes and weaken the stronghold of the PDP in those areas.
According to him, the dirty action is to also frighten and intimidate
innocent citizens who would come out to vote, harass and brutalize PDP
leaders and supporters who eventually make it to the polling centres
in order to stop them from voting en masse and deliberately cause
mayhem at polling units and collation centres, with the obvious
intention to disrupt the electoral process and eventually cause the
cancellation of the elections where they know the APC woul be defeated
heavily.
He further alleged that the dirty action is to give law abiding
citizens and non indigenes residing, especially in Delta Central, the
“Lagos Treatment” by identifying and violently stopping them from
voting and destroying electoral materials where voting has actually
taken place, just as they allegedly did in Okota in Lagos state,
during the February 23, 2019 Presidential and National Assembly
elections
He added that the action is to ensure that they attack the electoral
process to disrupt the activities of INEC officials with the
deliberate intention to postpone the State’s election to enable them
perfect their rigging arrangements in favour of the APC candidates by
deploying more security on the rescheduled date.
“Even as we raise this alarm, we have it on good authority that these
ex-militants have already been assembled and have been moved into a
covert and concealed location where they will be properly debriefed
and provided with their uniforms and arms with which to impersonate
and then put on standby until the time when they will be driven or
ferried to their designated election areas and unleashed on innocent
Deltans who are going to perform their civic responsibility”, he
alarmed.
The PDP therefore called on the international community and the
European Union (EU), African Union (AU) and local observers to prevail
on all the authorities involved with the March 9 elections, including
the security agencies and INEC, to exhibit professional neutrality and
maintain a level playing field during the elections, in order to avert
an impending bloodbath on election day.
In his reaction, Cairo Ojougboh, Spokesman, Delta APC campaign council
dismissed the allegation saying, “Mr President has admonished all
members not to engage in acts inimical to the progress of Nigeria. And
we abide on what the president has said”
“But Okowa is violent, what they are alleging is their own plan. Okowa
has armed all cult members in Delta State, calling them anti-cult
groups”, Ojougboh added.
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