PDP Accuses Presidency, APC Of Detailing Military To Rig Poll
THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday alleged that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) government had pulled in partisan military operatives to assist it in rigging today’s Kogi State governorship election.
The opposition party said intelligence information available to it showed that some compromised military personnel led by a senior officer of the rank of a Colonel had been detailed by the Presidency to carry out specific assignments in support of the APC candidate in the election.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, in a statement, said the development was not only a recipe to civil disorder but also a clear invitation to total disruption of free and fair polls in the state if not immediately checked.
The statement reads in part: “Available intelligence shows that the deployment to Kogi State of the Army Colonel, who is a known APC sympathizer is part of the fallout of last week’s secret meeting coordinated by the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), where orders were issued to clamp-down on PDP members and supporters to pave way for some pliable INEC officials to manipulate the election in favour of the APC.
“Compromised troops have already been detailed to Dekina Local Government Area, the largest PDP stronghold in the state and home of Governor Idris Wada, where they have been instructed to create panic, strong-arm PDP supporters, frighten and scare away voters, ostensibly to deprive our party of its expected large votes from the area.