ByÂ Tony Edike
ENUGUâ€”THE Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, South East zone said yesterday, that it had uncovered a plot by its opponents in the February 6 governorship election to use the military to intimidate the people and rig the election.
The party said it had gathered from intelligence reports, that those behind the plot have strong contacts in the military, which they intend to exploit to get undue advantage in the election and called on the Chief of Defence Staff not to authorise the use of his men for theÂ Anambra election.
Zonal Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Ali Odefa, who briefed newsmen on the outcome of its meeting, saidÂ that the party does not want to see the military during the period of the exercise, adding that the military should focus their attention on issues that border on national security.
He said that the party would resist any attempt by any candidate or political party to prevent the people from exercising their fundamental rights of voting for a candidate of their choice.
He said, â€œwe urge the Inspector General of Police, IG, Ogbonna Onovo to deploy enough policemen to Anambra State for the forthcoming election. We want the police to cordon-off all the boundaries of Anambra State, at least one week before the election.
We also appeal to Chief Security Officers of neighbouring states to be extra-careful because we learnt that our opponents have gone beyond the boundaries of Anambra State to hire thugs from neighbouring states.
â€œOur opponents are afraid of our candidate, Professor Chukwuma Soludo and we have information that they want to use the military to stop him from winning the poll. But we are, however, grateful to the stakeholders in Anambra for their unparalleled support for our candidate.â€
He said that the party had also uncovered plots by its opponents to hijack independent monitoring committees, especially the Inter Party Advisory Council, IPAC, a body funded by one of the United Nations agencies.