By Henry Umoru, Abuja
AS the people of Anambra State elect their governor today, the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP yesterday said that the All Progressives Congress, APC should be held responsible by the police for any violence that may lead to breakdown of law and order during the election.
The party said in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh yesterday that “the arrest of 181 heavily armed political thugs from APC controlled Imo state ready to be deployed to Anambra, has clinically exposed APC’s plot to cause mayhem and unleash violence during the election.
”The plot is part of the grand design by APC leaders to disrupt and discredit the election since they discovered that Anambra people have rejected their party.
“The entire nation received with shock the news of arrest by the police of 181 heavily armed thugs, sponsored by the APC and ready to be deployed from APC controlled Imo State to Anambra where they have been instructed to unleash mayhem and terror on the people and disrupt the election.
“While we commend the police for the arrest, we wish the alert the general public that those arrested represents only a very small fraction of the population of armed thugs prepared to be unleashed on Anambra State by the APC. The APC has armed over 4,000 of its members with dangerous weapons, set to be deployed from Imo State to Anambra with the express order to cause trouble and violence during the election.
“Having failed in their efforts to blackmail and discredit other parties, especially the PDP and the Presidency, the APC has now resorted to violence which is their stock-in-trade to ensure that the election is disrupted.
“The APC is a party given to violence and now seeks to import such into the South East in their desperate and selfish bid for power. The exposure of this plot has not only vindicated the PDP which has continued to alert Nigerians on the evil intentions of the APC but has shown that the opposition indeed do not have the interest of Nigerians at heart.
“We therefore call on the police and other security agencies to redouble their efforts to ensure that the APC is not allowed to carry out its evil plot against the people. However, in the event of any breakdown of law and order during the elections, the police and entire public must hold the APC responsible,” Metuh added.