Elections: APC Warns PDP Against Ekiti Rigging Style

Less than a week to the Presidential and National Assembly election in Nigeria, the All Progressives Congress, APC has warned the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP led federal government not to manipulate the elections, using “what we call the Modified Ekiti Rigging Strategy.”

An online media had published a video purportedly released by one Captain Sagir Koli of the Nigerian Army that exposed how the military was used to rig the Governorship Election in Ekiti on June 21, 2014.

In a statement issued on Monday by Lai Mohammed, APC’s spokesman, the party said it has it on authority that there is a plan by the ruling party to slightly modify its previous rigging strategy for Saturday’s election.

“In view of the global outcry over the Ekiti show of shame, there is a plan to slightly modify it for Saturday’s election, hence what we have now termed the Modified Ekiti Rigging Strategy. Since indications are that the military is no longer willing to be used for such an illegal act, and other security agencies know they will be under the searchlight on election days, those who are averse to a free, fair, credible and violence-free polls have simply come up with the plan to sew military and police uniforms for their party thugs to wear on election day so they can rig the elections for the PDP!

“A large number of uniformed personnel on election day will be those donning fake uniforms and ranks, and their mandate will be to rig for the PDP and terrorize opposition members and supporters,” APC alleged.

Mohammed also stated that the PDP has mobilised ethnic militias including members of the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra, MASSOB in the South East; Odua Peoples Congress, OPC in the South West and ex-Niger Delta militants to rig the election across the country.

“Mobilized under the pretext of a N9 billion pipeline contract, the marching order given to the ethnic militias is to destabilize the election in their respective regions, thus rendering it inconclusive. After all, the PDP knows it cannot win a free, fair and peaceful election. The highly disruptive and armed protest by the OPC in Lagos last Monday was a dress rehearsal for the plot,” Mohammed claimed.

Among other allegations, the APC also claimed that, “Thugs have been trained in several South Western states, particularly Ondo and Ogun states, to disrupt the coming elections. In Ondo State, training was organized by the PDP new leadership in Ilaje/Okitipupa zone. These thugs, numbering over 300, were given two weeks training in weapons use under a Commander/President called Miti. They have now been moved in 12 buses to join the Ogun State Group from where they will be dispatched to other states in the South West, with arms.”

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