25th March, 2011
The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has alerted Nigerians to the devilish plan by the PDP to unleash violence in areas where the opposition parties are popular, in order to force INEC to cancel the results of the elections in those areas and give it an undeserved advantage in the forthcoming polls.
In a statement issued in Ilorin, Kwara State, on Thursday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the pre-election violence being perpetrated by the PDP across the country, in a pattern of intimidation, is a dress rehearsal for the devilish, election-day plan.
It accused the police of failure to put PDP thugs in check, while at the same time secretly pushing the ruling partyâ€™s agenda by arresting those who are actually the victims of the PDP-instigated violence.
â€˜â€™With the elections looming, the PDP has unleashed violence against the opposition in Kwara, Benue, Taraba, Akwa Ibom and Edo states, just to mention a few states. Yet, President Goodluck Jonathan, who has continued to promise free and fair elections, has not condemned the violence or taken concrete steps to stop it until a few days to the polls, which may be too little too late. How can Nigeria have free and fair elections in an atmosphere of violence?â€™â€™ ACN queried.
Giving details of the PDP-instigated violence, the party said PDP thugs, under police cover, destroyed opposition candidatesâ€™ billboards, unleashed mayhem, killed and maimed opposition supporters ahead of President Jonathanâ€™s campaign visit to Kwara State, yet no one was arrested or charged. “In Benue, PDP thugs first shot at Gen. Onoja and Young Alhaji, both opposition candidates, only to become emboldened by police inaction and then killed Onojaâ€™s Personal Assistant.
“In Taraba State, Governor Danbaba Suntai has embarked on an unlawful deployment of troops of the Nigeria Armed Forces to suppress and intimidate political opponents. A petition on this has been sent to the Chief of Army Staff and copied to all concerned, in the interest of peace. “In Akwa Ibom, ACN supporters on a peaceful campaign rally were ambushed and killed, as part of a well-choreographed campaign of intimidation against our party in the state. The police have yet to act to stem the tide of the violence.
“In Edo state, PDP thugs killed three aides of our Senatorial candidate for Edo North, and he himself narrowly escaped death. The violence in these states is aimed at also cowing voters and scaring them away from the polling stations on election days.”