Nigeria Election: Buhari's threat to lives of Nigerians a call for jungle justice

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the President Muhammadu Buhari Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) of plot to trigger widespread political crisis in order to derail the country’s democratic process and plunge Nigeria into anarchy.

The opposition party also said that President Buhari’s “threat to the lives of Nigerians, at the opening of APC’s national caucus meeting in Abuja on Monday is a direct call for jungle justice and attempt to divert public attention from their closed session where details of their dastardly plot to truncate our democratic process will be perfected.”

Buhari was quoted to have warned ballot box snatchers to desist from the act or do so at the expense of their lives during the coming rescheduled elections.

But PDP in a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, accused the APC of working to truncate democracy in the country. It also rejected Buhari’s alleged directives to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to reshuffle Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs)

“We do hope that this call by President Buhari is not a camouflage for the fake soldiers mobilized by the APC to shoot at innocent Nigerians, snatch ballot boxes and execute their rigging plans on the election day. It is indeed a license to kill, which should not come from any leader of any civilized nation.

“The underlining fact to the above is that President Buhari and APC leaders, upon getting to their voting constituencies last Saturday, realized that there is a nationwide rejection of Buhari’s re-election bid, and this has thrown them into a panic mode.

“President Buhari must however bear in mind that his resort to threats and scaremongering will not deter Nigerians from coming out en-masse to vote him out of office on February 23.

“We are aware that President Buhari, who had earlier boasted that nobody can ‘unseat’ him, is bent on using every dictatorial and tyrannical act to truncate the process of a free, fair and credible election.

“Intelligence available to us shows that the Buhari Presidency has directed the leadership of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to immediately reshuffle the Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) in order to deploy compromised officials to manipulate the electoral process in President Buhari’s favour, as they did with the police shortly before February 16.

“Our party is also aware of the pressure being mounted by the Buhari Presidency on INEC to cancel elections in some states and make others inconclusive so as to achieve President Buhari’s objectives of a staggered election not minding the crisis such will trigger across the federation,” the statement read in part.

The party then called on Nigerians and the international community to hold President Buhari personally responsible for any electoral crisis, “otherwise he will as usual, claim that he was not aware of the plots and transfer the blame to Adams Oshiomhole and Rotimi Amaechi.”

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