The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Thursday raised the alarm over a clandestine security meeting between the President Muhammadu Buhari-led presidency with certain top officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and security agencies, where they allegedly hatched an “obnoxious plot to hijack the March 23 governorship supplementary elections in some state.”
PDP claimed that INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubu, was directed not to declare the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike winner of the March 9 election.
In a statement issued by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP said: “Our party is informed of how a top Army officer, at the meeting, directed the INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, not to ever declare Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike as winner of the Rivers Governorship election, even when it is clear to all that he won the election.
“We also have details how a top military officer, who is from Bauchi State, at the meeting directed INEC Chairman not to declare our victorious Bauchi state governorship candidate, Sen. Bala Mohammed, as the winner the Bauchi State governorship election.
“We are also privy to how a Director of one of our security agencies, who was at the meeting, undertook to use his agency to deliver Kano State to the APC.
“Consequent upon this ignoble plot, the security meeting has directed the deployment of 30 DSS personnel and 300 mobile policemen to each of the states where supplementary elections have been scheduled with a standing instruction to take over these respective states and make effort to ambush the process, seeing that the PDP is bound to win.
“In spite of all, the PDP wants the Buhari Presidency and the APC to come to terms with the fact that their conspiracies will be of no avail as our candidates are marching to unassailable victory with the people.
“The PDP reminds our military that Nigerians will not hesitate to treat individuals in military uniform, who illegally involved in the supplementary election, as fake soldiers. After all, the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, has declared that uniformed personnel, who helped APC to rig presidential election, were fake.”