Patrick Osadebamwen, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday alleged that the APC has already started hounding PDP senators-elect, threatening to use its newly acquired federal influence to coax the tribunals against them if they fail to do its bidding in the ongoing politicking to raise new leadership in the Senate. National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh made this allegation in a statement on Tuesday.
Metuh said the party is privy to intelligence reports showing certain clandestine moves and nocturnal meetings in Lagos and Abuja on how to compromise the sanctity of the electoral tribunals in their compositions and locations to suit the APC purpose. “We are aware that there are moves by the APC to cause the doctoring of the membership of the gubernatorial elections tribunals in some PDP states, particularly Akwa-Ibom, Abia, Rivers and Delta with the aim to bring in friendly officers, possibly to push through their agenda against our great party.
“Also we question the socalled security reasons adduced for the decision to relocate the Akwa-Ibom state Governorship, National and State Assembly elections tribunals out of the state and wonder why Akwa-Ibom was singled out. “Nigerians and the international community would recall that we had earlier alerted of furtive moves by the APC to procure and compromise some stakeholders in the elections including INEC and security personnel to bear false witness and doctor electoral materials against the PDP at the tribunals. In the same vein, we had earlier alerted of a groundswell of plots by the APC to foist a one party rule in our country by attempting to destabilize the PDP, take over some of our states and legislative seats, all to ensure that there is no strong opposition when they eventually assume power.
“It is apparently in line with this heinous agenda that the APC has started hounding our senators- elect with threats to use the tribunals against them if they fail to do their bidding in the parliament. “It is worrisome that this ‘jackboot mentality’ and rape of our democracy which is averse to the spirit of the healing process is happening with the knowledge of President Muhammadu Buhari, who is a direct beneficiary of the huge sacrifice the PDP made to ensure that the nation remains peaceful and stable.
“We want President Buhari to note that the plot by his party to alter the will of the people and unlawfully take over states genuinely won by the PDP is obviously an invitation to anarchy capable of truncating our hard-earned democracy as it would be stiffly resisted by the people.