The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has raised an alarm over an exposed plot by the All Progressives Congress, APC, to unleash violence on the people, and rig the re-run election in Essien Udim Local Government of Akwa Ibom State, slated for Saturday.
The party said that it already has Intelligence on how a serving Minister on President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet, has allegedly compromised a Deputy Inspector-General of Police, DIG, to deploy Policemen to invade the Local Government, unleash unbridle violence and manipulate the Electoral process in favour of the APC.
The said DIG allegedly promised the Minister that with proper funding, he will do the same thing that was done in Bayelsa State, in favour of the APC during the November 17, 2019, Governorship election.
As part of the strategy, the DIG reportedly promised to deploy a more Senior Police Commissioner than the one in Akwa Ibom State, to take charge of the Command of Policemen posted for the election in the Local Government Area, and that when that Senior Police Commissioner comes, even the State Police Commissioner will be under his Command.
“The plot, which is being heavily funded by the serving Minister, also seeks to transfer the State Resident Electoral Commissioner, REC, Mike Iginni, and replace him with a pliable and already compromised Official.
“This is to be carried out even when there is a subsisting order of the FCT High Court, restraining the redeployment of Mike Igini from Akwa Ibom State, pending the determination of the case which is still pending.
“Our party invites Nigerians to note the desperation of the serving Minister to throw Akwa Ibom State into a needless crisis, because he has realised that the people at the grassroot have rejected the APC, and that there is no way the APC can win in any free, fair, and credible election.
“We are concerned about the plot to deploy huge number of Policemen into a Local Government, and put them under the control of such an Officer as a DIG, is extremely suspect, as past experiences across the nation had shown that such deployments lead to violent confrontations, killings, maiming, and massive intimidations of voters, that only aid election riggers and other anti democratic forces to compromise Electoral processes.
“Our party is worried, because there is no way the people of Essien Udim Local Government, as well as Akwa Ibom State in general, will sit by, fold their hands and watch compromised Security Agents invading their communities, to rig elections for any desperate Politician, without a corresponding resistance.
“Any attempt by the APC to invade the Local Government to rig this election, will indeed attract dire consequences.
“The PDP therefore, calls on the Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Muhammed Adamu, to avert an imminent crisis, by immediately reining in his Deputy Inspector-General from going ahead with this ignoble mission, as the Police will be held responsible for any death or mayhem arising from this re-run election in Akwa Ibom State”, the PDP said.