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Stop Formenting Violence, PDP Tells APC, Police

By Gabriel Atumeyi

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the police of formenting crises and violent attacks against its members in the lead up to the general elections. The party cautioned that Nigerians may no longer continue to tolerate such incendiary acts ahead of the elections.

In a statement made available in Abuja yesterday by Kola Ologbondiyan the director, Media and Publicity of the PDP Presidential Campaign Organization (PPCO), the party said such attempts are against the display the spirit of sportsmanship, and that the police were not showing signs of neutrality.

“We particularly condemns in totality, Wednesday’s unwarranted attack and use of brute force, including firing of tear gas by the police against thousands of law-abiding members of the PDP in Gumel, Jigawa State, on instigation of agents of Buhari Presidency and the APC to forcefully stop our rally in the state.

“We equally condemn the unprovoked invasion and violent attack on the Ondo State campaign office of the PDP presidential candidate, Abubakar Atiku, by armed thugs sponsored by the APC. This is in addition to series of other attacks by the APC and the police, including arresting and detaining our members on trumped-up charges, as well as pulling down our campaign materials in various states of the federation.
Ologbondiyan also disclosed that the party supporters are determined not back down from making their voices heard.

“It is now clear that the Buhari Presidency, having realized that their smear campaigns against our party and presidential candidate cannot change the resolve by Nigerians to rally behind our Candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has now resorted to physically attacking and unleashing violence against our members.

“We know that the Buhari Presidency had to deploy brute force to disrupt our rally in Jigawa state when it realized that the rally will amplify and reinforce President Buhari and APC’s rejection, particularly in their supposed stronghold, the North West.

“Police now have the order to harass, intimidate and unleash violence on our members in a bid to intimidate and instill fear in our people across the nation. This informed the ferociousness exhibited by the police in the Jigawa attack where many PDP members were manhandled, injured and traumatized by armed policemen despite the fact that our party obtained official permission from the police and the Directorate of State Services (DSS) for the rally.

“Moreover, we have it on good authority that the attack on our Presidential Campaign Office in Ondo was coordinated by the APC, which is now in frenetic mode over the soaring popularity of our party and presidential candidate in the South West geo-political zone.”

The party also disclosed that the pattern holds an ominous sign that the 2019 election is already under siege by the Buhari Presidency and the APC, using the instrument of state.

“The APC and Buhari Presidency is putting security agencies, particularly, the police, on collision course with the citizens and this portends great danger to our democracy and corporate existence as a nation, as Nigerians will never succumb to any instrument of intimidation, Ologbondiyan said.

The PDP also urged President Buhari “to come to terms with the fact that Nigerians are fed up with his incompetent, corrupt and anti-people administration. That they now prefer Atiku Abubakar as their next president and no amount of brutality, intimidation and violence against the people will change their resolve.

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