The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Friday, alerted Nigerians again of sinister plots by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to sabotage next month’s general elections and force an undemocratic contraption on the country.
Addressing a world press conference in Abuja on Friday, PDP said that APC was terribly scared of the election’s outcome, having wasted almost eight years giving excuses rather than solving problems for which it was elected.
Speaking through its National Publicity Secretary, Hon. Debo Ologunagba, PDP, said APC was worried that it has been rejected by Nigerians.
According to PDP, the February 25 date with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) is sacrosanct, adding that no amount of subterfuge by APC will lead to a postponement or cancellation.
PDP said efforts by APC to force a change in the election timetable will be in vain. The Party also asked Nigerians to remain vigilant against the machinations of APC against the election.
Text of the press conference titled “February 25, 2023, Presidential Election Date is Sacrosanct” reads: “Gentlemen of the Press, we have invited you to address two crucial issues.
“The first is the heightening plot by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to derail the conduct of the 2023 general elections. The second is the attempt by the APC to mislead the public by falsely claiming that the PDP has no candidate for Borno Central Senatorial District Election.
“Our Party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has been following the many furtive narratives being promoted by the APC to blackmail critical election stakeholders into acceding to its design to postpone the 2023 general elections, particularly the February 25, 2023, Presidential election.
“Our Party had earlier alerted the nation of a well-oiled plot by the APC to orchestrate security situation and promote circumstances to warrant the postponement of the 2023 general elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
“The ultimate intent of the APC is to use such unfounded circumstances to derail the entire electoral process and impose an undemocratic situation on our country.
“The PDP hereby insists without equivocation that the February 25, 2023, Presidential and National Assembly election date is sacrosanct. February 25, 2023, date is already locked in for the Presidential and National Assembly elections; the security agencies have given their assurances, and the Federal Government has also given its assurance; Nigerians are ready for the election and will not accept any postponement of elections under any guise whatsoever.
“The APC and its Presidential Candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu know that they have no chance at all in the coming elections, having been rejected by Nigerians because of their multiple failures, recklessness, humongous corruption, violence and continuing infliction of pains, hardship and life-discounting experiences on Nigerians in the last seven and half years.
“Nigerians are not ready to continue with a hopelessly corrupt, miserably incompetent and viciously insensitive political party, the APC, which has mortgaged the future of our country with an accumulated N77 trillion debt, as revealed by the Debt Management Office (DMO).
“This explains why the APC and its presidential Candidate continue to promote and encourage violence in various parts of our country, including attacking INEC facilities.
“The APC and its leaders are desperate to use their doomsday orchestrations to frighten and blackmail INEC to alter the electoral schedule, after which the APC will take advantage of the situation to unsettle the general election, foist a constitutional crisis and truncate the nation’s democratic process,
“The PDP, therefore, charges INEC, as an independent institution, not to succumb to the blackmails of the APC but focus on its preparations and fix its eyes on delivering a free, fair, transparent and credible election on February 25, 2023.
“The PDP also demands that Security Agencies should place APC leaders on a watchlist and take urgent steps to halt APC’s implementation of Asiwaju Tinubu’s directives to his party members, as contained in the recently leaked video, to deploy violence and underhand dealings in the 2023 general elections.
“Nigerians are eager to vote on February 25, 2023. They have suffered a lot and cannot wait to kick out the vicious, insensitive, corrupt APC and vote in the PDP and Atiku Abubakar to rescue and rebuild our nation.
“Atiku Abubakar is poised to win the majority of votes cast across the country and secure 25 per cent in all the States of the Federation to emerge President on the very first ballot. Those trying to push the run-off narrative or postponement of elections should perish the thought. They should get ready for elections or quit the race.
“On the Borno Central Senatorial District election, our Party has been made aware of mischievous and misleading claims by the APC that the PDP has no candidate for the Borno Central Senatorial election scheduled to hold on February 25, 2023.
“For clarity, the PDP states in an unequivocal term that our Candidate for the Borno Central Senatorial election remains Hon. Umara Muhammad Kumalia, as confirmed in the list of candidates for the 2023 general elections as published by INEC.
“Such resort to falsehood further exposes the fact that the APC in Borno State is intimidated by the towering credibility and popularity of our Borno Central Senatorial Candidate, Hon. Umara Muhammad Kumalia among the people for which they are eager to troop out en masse to vote for him on February 25, 2023.
“The APC should understand that the people have settled for our Candidate, Hon. Umara Muhammad Kumalia and can not be swayed by their false and misleading claims.
The PDP, therefore, urges our teeming party members, supporters, and good people of Borno Central Senatorial District to disregard and ignore the APC and continue to stand behind our Candidate, Hon. Umara Muhammad Kumalia as he marches to victory in the forthcoming Senatorial election.”