Ahead of the upcoming elections, the opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned that it may pull out of the peace accord signed with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The PDP explained that this is due to the divisive comments emanating from the camp of the ruling party which may impact the electoral process.
This was contained in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan on Tuesday in Abuja.
Ologbondiyan was speaking in reaction to comments accredited to the Kaduna State Governor who allegedly threatened to murder foreigners who might interfere in Nigeria’s forthcoming general elections.
He also expressed dismay over the comments on members of the global democratic community who are working to ensure the upcoming election is peaceful.
He called on international community to immediately impose a travel ban on El-Rufai for his inciting comments against peaceful elections in the country.
Police in cahoots with APC – PDP
Ologbondiyan also alleged there was a scheme in place to use the police apparatus to sabotage the electoral process.
He further revealed Kayode Egbetokun, a former Chief Security Officer to APC leader, Bola Tinubu, may be deployed as the Commissioner of Police in Kwara State with specific instructions to rig the elections in favour of APC.
“This is in line with plans by the Buhari Presidency and the APC to effect a mass deployment of top security officers, particularly the police, to intimidate, harass and manhandle Nigerians that will not support the self-succession bid of President Muhammadu Buhari as well as aiding APC thugs to snatch ballot boxes and orchestrate violence in the elections.”
“Nigerians are aware of how CP Kayode Egbetokun was posted to Lagos state by the disgraced former Inspector General of Police, Idris Ibrahim, to serve the same partisan interest and how that posting was stopped by the new IGP Adamu Mohammed. Now, he is being redeployed to Kwara state for the same ignoble plot.”
He said his party, PDP, is committed to the peace accord but, the deployment of the Kayode Egbetokun as Kwara CP “directly negates the principle of the Peace Accord and can only hurt the fragile peace that currently exists in Kwara state.”
“We wish to remind the acting Inspector General, Adamu Mohammed that his acceptability among Nigerians across party line was based on the pedigree, which was presented to Nigerians before his appointment.”
“These pedigree and exposure place on his shoulders, the responsibility to be just, firm, equitable and professional in the discharge of his duties. We, therefore, urge him not to allow his reputation to be mired in controversial political activities.”
The PDP implored the National Peace Committee to impose sanctions on the APC and its leaders in relations to its incendiary comments.
“We, therefore, call on the National Peace Committee to immediately summon El-Rufai on his inflammatory remarks against (the) peaceful election in our country.”
“The PDP holds that any situation that seeks to allow the APC to abuse the tenets of the accord will definitely force our party to review our signatory to the peace process.”
“In that regard, we might have no option left than to allow our members to defend their votes with whatever that is available to them.”
“This country belongs to all of us and no individual or group, no matter how highly placed, can subjugate other citizens or seek to appropriate any sort of absolutism to themselves.”