PDP Alleges Plot to Rig Akwa-Ibom LG Rerun

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The PDP raises 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 says it already have intelligence on how a serving minister on

President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet has allegedly compromised a Deputy

Inspector General (DIG) of Police 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 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), Mr

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 Mr. 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

realized 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 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, Mohammed

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 .

Signed:

Kola Ologbondiyan

National Publicity Secretary

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