FG, Warns PDP Against Alleged Move To Create Anarchy During Election

The Federal Government, on Thursday warned the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, against its alleged move to create anarchy during the general elections, starting from Saturday.

Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, said PDP was plotting to create anarchy knowing that it can’t win the Saturday’s election.

Addressing journalists in Ilorin, Kwara State, the Minister, however, warned of “dire consequences” should PDP go ahead to create anarchy through the use of its Parallel Voting Tabulation (PVT) System.

Mohammed said the launch of the parallel electoral body under the guise of PVT was part of PDP’s desperate move to return to power at all cost.

Mohammed also warned PDP against using PVT to usurp the constitutional duties of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, during the elections.

He said: “With less than 48 hours to the 2019 general elections, we have found it absolutely necessary to call national and international attention to the latest attempt by the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to create a state of anarchy in Nigeria, having realized that they couldn’t possibly win a free, fair and peaceful polls.

“This is in line with the warning we have been issuing all along,that the PDP, jittery at the fate that is about to befall it and desperate to grab power at all costs, will seek to scuttle the elections, failing which it will work to discredit the results.

“The latest manifestation of this desperation was revealed at a press conference by the PDP on Wednesday, during which the party said it would set up a parallel electoral body, under the tag of Parallel Voting Tabulation (PVT) System. The PDP said clearly that PVT is a tool that will determine whether or not it accepts the results of the
elections.

“Now, this is anarchy. Yes, it is standard practice for political parties to have their own monitoring systems during elections. What is not standard is to set up a pseudo electoral commission and imbue it with the power to collate and announce results. That’s precisely what the PDP is doing under the guise of PVT. And this is totally unacceptable.

“Whereas the PDP’s presidential candidate says his ambition is not worth the life of any Nigerian, his party has been doing everything possible to instigate anarchy and in turn put the lives of Nigerians in danger.

“The PDP has been building up to this crescendo all along. The party has consistently attacked the two institutions that are pivotal to the elections: the INEC and the police. The strategy is aimed at eroding the credibility of the two key institutions as a prelude to discrediting the elections. We warned about this, and we have now been
vindicated.

” At this stage, we believe that INEC is the only body that has the statutory role of collating and announcing the results of national elections. Any attempt by any individual or organization to usurp this role is a recipe for chaos.

“We are therefore using this occasion to warn the PDP that there will be dire consequences, should it proceed with its plan to usurp the role of INEC. We call on the security agencies to ensure the sanctity of the polls by providing a safe and secure environment for Nigerians to cast their votes. We also appeal to Nigerians to feel free to exercise their franchise without fear.

” We also wish to alert the international community to the evil plans by the PDP, which has been threatening fire and brimstone if its candidate fails to win on Saturday.

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