It was made known that the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP alleged yesterday that the governing party, the All Progressives Congress, APC was planning to plunge the country into anarchy with its planned moves to arm-twist the various election tribunals to subvert the will of the people and upturn democratically elected governments in some states, just as it stressed that it was dangerous to democracy.
According to PDP, the APC was already hounding the PDP senators-elect and threatening to use its new federal might to influence to coax the tribunals against them if they fail to do its bidding in the ongoing politicking to raise new leadership in the Senate.
In a statement yesterday by PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh , the party which vowed to rigidly resist such an action, said that as a party, it was privy to intelligence reports showing certain clandestine moves and nocturnal meetings in Lagos and Abuja on how the APC has put in place ways on how it would compromise the sanctity of the electoral tribunals in their compositions and locations to suit the purpose of the ruling party.
Metuh said, “We are aware that there are moves by the APC to cause the doctoring of the membership of the gubernatorial elections tribunals in some PDP states, particularly Akwa-Ibom, Abia, Rivers and Delta with the aim to bring in friendly officers, possibly to push through their agenda against our great party.
“Also we question the so-called security reasons adduced for the decision to relocate the Akwa-Ibom state Governorship, National and State Assembly elections tribunals out of the state and wonder why Akwa-Ibom was singled out.
“Nigerians and the international community would recall that we had earlier alerted of furtive moves by the APC to procure and compromise some stakeholders in the elections including INEC and security personnel to bear false witness and doctor electoral materials against the PDP at the tribunals.
“In the same vein, we had earlier alerted of a groundswell of plots by the APC to foist a one party rule in our country by attempting to destabilize the PDP, take over some of our states and legislative seats, all to ensure that there is no strong opposition when they eventually assume power.