Elections: Government Warns Public To Be Circumspect Over Plan By PDP To Trigger Panic 

Yemisi Izuora 

The Federal Government has warned the public to be circumspect to the

last-minute desperate plot by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to

orchestrate a crisis and trigger a sense of panic among the populace,

in furtherance of their plan to discredit the election and cause a

constitutional crisis.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Tuesday, the Minister of Information

and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the plot confirms the alarm

raised by the Federal Government on January 21st and February 3rd 2019 that

the PDP is planning to scuttle the election and, where that fails,

discredit it.

He said in the days ahead, PDP bigwigs, including its presidential

candidate Atiku Abubakar, his running mate Peter Obi, PDP Governors

and others, are planning a world press conference in order to level

frivolous and unfounded allegations against the federal government and

the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Alhaji Mohammed said that part of the false allegations they plan to

make is that the Presidency, in connivance with the APC, is planning

to force the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to

announce presidential election results that are favourable to the

government in power, on the basis of the false premise that the APC’s

intelligence team is worried that the ruling party would lose the elections.

He said the PDP bigwigs also plan to use their world press conference

to further disparage the Buhari Administration as well as the ruling

APC, with a view to painting an unfavourable image of both to

Nigerians and the international community and to put the government on

the defensive in the run-up to the polls.

The Minister said the PDP’s last joker is a two-hour live press

conference to be addressed by the PDP Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola

Ologbodiyan, on Feb. 14th, the last day of electioneering campaign, to

chronicle all their concocted allegations and lies against the ruling

government, cast aspersion on government and ruling party officials

and throw innuendos here and there.

”As electioneering campaign winds down, the PDP has realized that it

cannot possibly win a free, fair and credible polls. It has thus

resorted to engaging in red herring, hauling insults and abuses at

federal government and ruling party officials and making outlandish

allegations with a view to creating a sense of panic and crisis.

”The truth is that President Muhammadu Buhari, a man respected

globally for his integrity, has continuously assured that the

elections will be free, fair, credible and peaceful. He has warmly

welcomed observers, both local and foreign., because he has nothing to

hide, and because he is sure that the achievements of his

Administration will win him re-election.

”We are therefore calling on all Nigerians and the international

community to disregard any attempt to scuttle or discredit the polls.

We urge observers to keep an open mind. There is no cause for alarm,

except in the warped imagination of the PDP, which has entered the

panic mode and is already ruing the loss of another general election

even before it has been held,” he said.

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