The leadership of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), in Akwa Ibom State has raised the alarm over alleged plan by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the state to instigate the arrest of the state party chairman, Chief Aniekan Akpan, and the ACN deputy governorship candidate, Dr. Ime Umanah.
In a statement, yesterday, by Akpan, the party chairman noted that the plan was part of the efforts by PDP to stop the state-wide campaign of ACN and deny the party’s candidates the opportunity of reaching out to the electorate before the elections.
“We have intelligence report that PDP’s next move is to implicate Dr. Umanah and me in political violence and get us behind bars between now and the elections,” he said.
According to him, the planned arrest of the ACN leaders and candidates is in furtherance of the desperation of PDP to win the forthcoming elections ‘at all costs’.
Akpan said, “The former commissioner of police in the state was removed at the instance of the governor for not playing along with him to silence ACN. He was replaced with a nominee of the governor for effective execution of PDP’s strategy.
“As we issue this statement, we have received a series of death threats which have forced most of our candidates out of the state for safety reasons.
“President Goodluck Jonathan cannot continue to preach free, fair and credible elections in an atmosphere of intimidation of opposition, state-instigated political violence, and incrimination of perceived enemies.”