The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of plotting to forcefully take over the control of Akwa-Ibom State.
The national publicity secretary of PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan said the presidency and APC plot to cause mayhem in the state, destabilise the security architecture of the state and foisting a siege mentality on the entire oil rich south-south region.
Ologbondiyan, in a press conference, drew the attention of Nigerians to the looming danger, imminent violence and breakdown of law and order in Akwa-Ibom state as well as other littoral states following attempts by President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC to forcefully take over control of these states.
“As you may recall, two weeks ago, the PDP had cautioned the Buhari Presidency and the APC on their exposed plot to instigate confusion and violence in Bayelsa State by destabilizing the security architecture of the state and foisting a siege mentality on the entire oil rich south-south region.
“Instead of retracing their steps, the Buhari Presidency and the APC have continued to design heinous machinations and issuing threats of violent take over of these states, for which they have now directed their arsenals particularly on Akwa-Ibom state.
“Nigerians are all witnesses to volatile outbursts by the Buhari Campaign Organization and APC leaders and their use of violent images and outright threats of war on Akwa-Ibom state.
“Nigerians are invited to recall the violent and ominous outburst by the former Governor of Akwa-Ibom state, Senator Godswill Akpabio, who vowed that the APC will take over the state the same way Hitler overran Poland, swearing that ‘war shall see Warsaw and Warsaw shall see war’ in Akwa-Ibom state.
“Given that this statement is the policy of the APC and the Buhari Presidency against Akwa-Ibom and other parts of our nation, where they are not in control, the President, as chief security officer of our nation, never issued a reprimand nor has Senator Akpabio been pulled in for questioning by security agencies.”
The spokesman said that it is now clear that the statement is an approved prelude of a pre-meditated plot by the Buhari Presidency and the APC to initiate, facilitate and superintend a mayhem and bloodletting in the peaceful and developing Akwa-Ibom, irrespective of the huge human and material damage such could cause in the state.
“Part of the plot is the forceful attempt to take over control of the Akwa-Ibom state legislature, for which the Presidency and the APC have been sponsoring the invasion of the House of Assembly complex and seeking ways to violently oust the duly elected leadership of the state assembly,” he said.
Fielding questions from newsmen, Ologbondiyan said that the party is not afraid of the plot by the Buhari presidency and APC to forcefully take over Benue and Akwa Ibom states
Also speaking, the publicity secretary of Akwa Ibom state chapter of PDP, Ini Ememobong, noted that APC is instigating crisis to isolate Akwa Ibom governorship poll in the 2019 general elections.
He said: “The premeditated plan which is unfolding is in phases and we’ve said that severally, and the whole aim is to ensure that the security situation in the state is presented as that which the governor is overwhelmed because of his gentlemanly disposition to issues of state and governance, and when that happens, it will attract seemingly the attention of the federal government to come in the aid of the APC who are totally and absolutely unable to win any election.
“The end point of that plan is to ensure that on the day of election, Akwa Ibom as well as other states controlled by the PDP will be selected as flash points and kept for a separate day, either as will be announced by the INEC or on the day of the first general ballot, that they will make it impossible for elections to hold there so that the Ekiti example and Ekiti style of election can be brought.”