The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has accused the All Progressives Congress, APC, of a plot to derail the 2105 general elections, using the latter’s ongoing nationwide membership registration as the platform.
The ruling party claimed reports it received from various states indicated that the APC had made well-planned clandestine moves to lay mines in the way of a successful conduct of next year’s polls.
The APC began its nationwide membership registration last Wednesday.
At a press conference in Abuja, the PDP spokesperson, Olisa Metuh, said it was unfortunate that while the party-led Federal Government was solidifying the foundation of a credible electoral system it had already laid, and the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, yet to release the final details of the timetable of the general elections, the APC was already introducing inventions calculated to torpedo the process.
The PDP said it whole-heartedly welcomed the APC’s membership registration because it tallied with its avowed commitment to political plurality and the freeing of the democratic space so as to enable every Nigerian choose whatever political platform he or she so wished.
The PDP, however, said it was clear from the statements, actions and the activities of the leaders of the APC, that the opposition had only been changing names without changing its character.
The PDP said it investigations revealed that part of the plot by the APC was the use the fraudulent membership registration to hype a phantom public support after which it would declare a particular bogus figure and create a false impression of massive public followership ahead of the 2015 general elections.
“Gentle men and ladies, we wish to alert Nigerians therefore to the incontrovertible evidence at our disposal to the effect that the APC is sadly and currently using every foul means at its disposal to build a particular membership figure, running into tens of millions, which it intends to use as a justification to fault, dispute, reject and subsequently take to violence when it loses the 2015 general elections,” the ruling party said.
“This fraudulent membership figure, meant to create an un-existing mass followership is to be maniacally presented, projected and defended by the APC, using its well known unethically hypodermic propaganda tools as an anticipated real voter strength, below which it will carry out its threat to unleash mayhem on the nation as contained in its allegory of ” the monkey, the baboon and blood.”
“To achieve this, the APC officials and members have been going round the wards and polling centres, using INEC polling locations and materials as well as lying to unsuspecting Nigerians that the party’s membership registration is an INEC voter registration exercise for the 2015 elections. This is to hoodwink them into registering as members of APC.”
The APC interim spokesperson, Lai Mohammed, could not be reached for his response as he refused to respond to repeated calls to his mobile telephone.
The PDP said it reliably gathered that in the states it was in power that pupils and students were lured or persuaded to get the passport photographs of their parents and guardians, which were thereafter secretly affixed to the APC membership forms without the knowledge of the innocent students or their parents.
It said, “We wish to condemn this brazen hijack of INEC polling booths for a partisan membership registration. The unlawful use of INEC polling booths is a clear violation of laid down electoral norms and rules that safeguard their sanctity for the purpose of elections and against illegal conversion for partisan reasons.”
The PDP also said it was curious that INEC whose responsibility was to safeguard against the aberration had not only kept mum, but also folded its hands in the face of the conversion of its property, therefore, raising suspicions of duplicity.
Stating that the worst of all frauds was to cheat oneself, which it said the APC was doing, the PDP noted that by trying to build a phantom membership, the opposition party forgot that no structure pivoted on sand could survive the pull of winds.
It said that though it was not surprised by the development, it did not however reckon that desperation to grab power had taken such dimension so early in the day.
“We wish to remind the APC that no political party has the monopoly of mischief and that this level of grand deceit is actually a monumental crime against democracy. While the PDP is desirous of winning elections, we do not wish to descend to the level of illegality, violence and deceit,” the PDP said.
“We therefore wish to inform Nigerians that the APC membership registration is not an INEC organized civic exercise as they have been made to believe but one of the numerous APC’s deceitful schemes to steal their mandate.
“We further wish to urge all Nigerians, especially the civil society and all lovers of democracy to be on their guard and resist attempts by the APC to surreptitiously use foul means to buoy up the membership base of a political vessel, whose captains are contrastingly inclined but selfishly united in quest to capture power, through fraudulent and violent means and thereafter, divide the people and take us back to Egypt.”
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