…Says INEC working in sync with security agents to rig polls
By Dirisu Yakubu
ABUJA-The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on well-meaning Nigerians as well as the international community to hold the All Progressives Congress (APC)- led government responsible for the alleged mishandling of Ekiti State governor, Ayodele Fayose by security agents at Government House, Ado-Ekiti on Wednesday.
Addressing a press conference tagged “Ekiti: Democracy under attack,” at the party national headquarters in Abuja, national chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus said the “siege” on the South-West State by security operatives was part of an alleged plot to rig Saturday’s governorship elections in the state in favour of the APC governorship candidate, Dr. Kayode Fayemi.
According to Secondus, Wednesday commotion at the Government House is a testament to a statement earlier credited to the APC national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole that the opposition would be crushed.
He said: “We invite the entire world to note how the APC and the Independent National Electoral commission (INEC), are stoking crisis and violence in Ekiti State and to hold them responsible should any harm befall governor Fayose and should there be any breakdown of law and order before, during and after the poll.
“The situation in Ekiti State has reinforced the signpost of a manifest desire by the APC and its leaders to subdue the resilient spirit of Nigerians and set up a totalitarian regime in our country.
“This morning (yesterday) in its desperation to forcefully take over Ekiti State, the APC-led federal government deployed armed police personnel led by one Compol Mopol Echel Echel, who blocked the Ekiti State Government House, attacked and placed the democratically elected governor of Ekiti State, Governor Fayose, under house arrest,” adding that only recently “the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, boasted that they were going to crush the opposition. Today (Wednesday) the siege has began.
The PDP boss further narrated the events that culminated in the ordeal allegedly suffered by Governor Fayose, saying “The invading police squad sacked the official security at the Government House, fired sporadically into the premises during which Governor Fayose was beaten up by policemen and brought down by volleys of teargas while several others were injured. This, we have been informed, is part of the ‘order from above’, in line with the earlier boast by the Buhari-led APC, to ‘cage’ Governor Fayose ahead of the July 14, 2018 Ekiti governorship election, so as to grant their agents a field day to rig the election.”
He stated further that the alleged plot was to
“assassinate Governor Fayose and blame it on accidental discharge by one of the policemen.”
While reiterating the determination of the PDP to go to the polls with confidence, Secondus added that in a bid to perfect its ‘rigging plans,’ the federal government has deployed “an APC state governor in each of the local government areas across the state to coordinate the plot.”
He spoke further on moves to compromise the electoral process: “Our intelligence reveals that the 30,000 policemen as well as some compromised military personnel deployed to Ekiti state are being positioned to embark on mass arrest and harassment of Ekiti citizens with the view to frightening them and preventing them from participating in the election.
“Some heavily armed Department of State Services (DSS) personnel are being deployed to work with some compromised officials of INEC to smuggle in preloaded card reader machines and result sheets, to be exchanged in advance, which they will attempt to deliver to APC agents.
“The PDP is fully aware of the actors in this heinous plot including some directors in INEC, particularly in its Information Communication Technology (ICT) Department, who have been holding clandestine meetings with APC leaders.
“The PDP however states, in very clear and unequivocal terms, that all these machinations will end in vain as nobody, no matter the evil device used, be it harassment, threats, arrests or even murder, can subjugate the people of Ekiti State and forcefully take over their leadership in this election without their consent.”
The PDP, according to Secondus is fully prepared to test its popularity in the governorship election, stressing that the eyes of the party “have been stationed in every polling unit, every collation centre as well as every exit and entry point across the state and those seeking to rig the election must be sure they will be stopped in their trail with every available instrument in a democracy.”