By Dirisu Yakubu
ABUJA—WITH barely two days to the Presidential election, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has raised fresh concerns over alleged plans by the Presidency and the All Progressives Congress, APC, to hijack the nation’s security agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission to manipulate the polls in favour of President Muhammadu Buhari.
At a briefing in Abuja, yesterday, National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbodiyan, said “the Buhari-led Presidency and APC have been breathing down on the chairman of INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, in a desperate and feverish bid to consolidate their control of the operations of the commission and execute its rigging plot. The PDP stands with Nigerians in directly rejecting this latest arm-twisting of security agencies as well as the nefarious plots to use APC members as INEC Election Officers.
“It is now clearer that the Election Day killing order issued by President Buhari is designed to clamp-down and even kill patriotic Nigerians who will want to confront and stop the APC from executing their rigging plots on the day of election.
At a meeting held in Buhari Presidency/APC situation room in the Presidential Villa last night (Tuesday), Resident Electoral Commissioners, RECs were directed to issue result sheets to APC agents to falsify and declare results in favour of the APC.
“Intelligence at our disposal reveals that the INEC Chairman has succumbed to back channel bullying by the Presidency and the APC to accede to their demand to replace Electoral Officers, EOs, in various critical states with APC agents who will vehemently execute President Buhari’s rigging plans in the February 23, Presidential election.
“Also, our party has full details of how the Department of State Services, DSS, has been interfering with operations of critical departments of INEC, including the Information and Communication Technology, ICT, department, to do APC bidding.
“The PDP also has details of the meeting last night (Tuesday) by President Buhari, some APC northern governor and Service Chiefs whereupon pressure was mounted on the Service Chiefs in connection with the APC rigging plans.”
The party alleged that Professor Yakubu has been threatened so much that he has accepted to do the bidding of the ruling party to accept its members to act as ad-hoc staff during the polls.
“We alert Nigerians that the INEC chairman has been intimidated with threat of ‘Onnoghen’s treatment’ to accept a list of APC members and agents and post them to serve as EOs in various states including Kano, Kaduna, Rivers, Bauchi, Akwa-Ibom, Zamfara, Benue, Sokoto, Lagos, Plateau, Taraba, Borno, Adamawa, Kogi, Delta, Ebonyi among others.