By Henry Umoru
ABUJA — NATIONAL leadership of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, took a swipe at the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Odigie- Oyegun, for saying his party would form a parallel government in the event of a stolen mandate.
Addressing journalists in Abuja, PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, said the opposition political party was not preparing for any election, but putting in place moves to overthrow a democratically elected government, thereby committing treasonable felony.
Consequently, PDP called on Nigerians to be ready to defend their hard earned democracy and protect it from being endangered.
The party accused APC of giving subjective definition to electoral process, against the backdrop that it was only when APC won an election that the process could be regarded and seen as free and fair.
It noted also that if the APC lost an election, the opposition always saw the process as one rigged by the PDP.
The party said Nigerians needed to be reminded that the APC’s understanding of ‘rigging’ was only where they lost election.
APC national chairman had at the party’s mega rally, last Tuesday, in Osogbo, the Osun State, said his party would not recognise any government formed through a stolen mandate in 2015, saying APC would set up a parallel government of the people in its place.
But Metuh, who alerted Nigerians on the plan by the APC to engineer what he termed Arab Spring kind of uprising in the country, said: “Whenever they win as was the case in Edo, it is free and fair. It is a globally acknowledged fact that shadow or parallel governments have no place in a Presidential system.
“Therefore, the threat to institute such is nothing short of implementing the agenda to destabilise and collapse the democratic system and institute a reign of anarchy.”
”The statement by the APC national chairman, therefore, has confirmed our position that the APC is not planning for the 2015 elections but an overthrow of a democratically elected government, having realised that they cannot and will not win in the general elections.
”The pronouncement confirms that the APC is indeed promoting a Janjaweed ideology and further reinforces the long held suspicion that they have been holding meetings outside the country to enact an Arab Spring as a means to forcefully take over power when it loses in 2015.
”This explains why they have been making inflammatory statements and publishing negative advertorials and articles in local and foreign media to incite Nigerians, embolden insurgents and stir hatred and division among the populace while balkanising the nation along its fault lines.
”All the pockets of anti-government protests and calls for civil disobedience in parts of the country bear the imprints of the APC and are geared towards cultivating a fertile ground for them to unleash a reign of terror against the country.”
”The importation of thugs to cause confusion in elections including in Anambra, Ekiti and now Osun state are all part of the plot to discredit the electoral system and truncate the 2015 elections.
”The attacks on institutions of government including the judiciary and the security agencies are all part of the larger plot to weaken government systems and make them vulnerable and powerless and set the stage for the materialization of their ignoble plans.
”Nigerians are also aware of the hiring of foreign consultants by the APC to tarnish the image of the country abroad, as a means to gain foreign support