The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Akwa Ibom has raised the alarm over an alleged plan by the opposition to frame up, arrest and detain critical stakeholders of the party throughout the electioneering season.
The PDP said an intelligence report reaching it has it that plans have been concluded to ensure that during APC rallies, buses branded as PDP buses or vehicles bearing state government number plates, will be loaded with arms and occupied by some criminals, heading to the venue of the rally.
On approaching, the buses and their occupants will be arrested and the contents of the buses displayed for all to see as a major security breakthrough.
Additionally, the criminals will mention some PDP top shots as their financiers, necessitating their arrest and subsequent prosecution under the anti-terrorism Act.
Chairman, Akwa Ibom Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, Obong Paul Ekpo, who made this disclosure in Uyo, yesterday, said the plot which is hatched and sponsored by the opposition APC is aimed at arresting and incarcerating the key leaders of the party and keeping them away from circulation throughout the elections.
“This is, to say the least, very crude, anachronistic and antediluvian, signaling APCs imminent defeat at the approaching polls.
“We have stated before and will reiterate now that, we are a peace loving party, operating within the ambit of the law. Our leaders who are currently being targeted by the opposition, are innocent Nigerians with proven integrity.
They do not engage in arms stockpiling, or procurement of violence in any form. It is therefore very unfortunate that people who should be planning for elections, are rather hatching evil plans on how to arrest people.
“It is evident even from the peaceful way we conducted our primaries, that we are very peaceful people. Pre and post primaries, there wasnt a single gunshot, or death unlike the APC, where scores of people were reported dead in different parts of the state. In Okobo local government area, an entire police station was razed by supporters of an APC aspirant, who felt shortchanged during their primaries,” Ekpo noted.
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