An end appears not in sight to the war of words between the ruling Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP) and the main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) as the rescheduled general election
The spokesman of the APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, on Wednesday accused the PDP of plotting
to frame up the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Attahiru Jega.
To achieve the alleged plot, according to the APC, Jega’s bank account would be credited with a
huge sum purportedly paid by the national leader of the opposition party, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
After that, a public announcement of the discovery would be made and the INEC chairman would be
arrested, to further throw spanners into the works of the coming election and to remove Jega as the
chairman of the commission.
In its reply, the PDP called the APC a party of lies and declared that the APC spokesman is suffering
from diarrhea of the mouth. Mohammed, who addressed themedia in Lagos, alleged that the
PDP members do not want the elections to hold. He listed the alleged plot of the PDP to put a halt to the
coming elections in a series of scenarios.
He alleged: “There is a plot to transfer a humongous amount of money into the bank account of
the INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, and then claim that the money came from Asiwaju Bola Ahmed
Tinubu and the APC in order to justify the ongoing plan to sack Prof. Jega so he won’t organise the elections.
Beyond Jega, there is also a plan to credit the bank accounts of some key national institutions with huge amounts of money purportedly from our party, the APC, ostensibly to compromise those institutions.
“There is plan to use some political parties that are satellites of the PDP to push for the postponement
of the elections again. The plot is to get the parties to address a press conference to say the elections
should not hold in the Northeast until September 2015 because of the ongoing counter-insurgency
battle there. The intention is to make sure Jega’s tenure expires before the polls, so that they can appoint a malleable card-carrying member of the PDP as INEC Chair to conduct the polls.
“There is a plan to use the security agencies to intimidate key opposition leaders as well as the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) and telecommunications service providers to disrupt
voice and data transmission, especially in APC strongholds, on election
As we have said earlier, the telephones of our leaders have been bugged and their movements
are being daily monitored. Top on the list of the security agencies to be used against the opposition
is the DSS, which will be used to compel all Resident Electoral Commissioners in the 36 states and the
Federal Capital Territory to hand over the names and telephone numbers of all INEC’s regular and
ad hoc staff who will conduct the elections, as part of the Jonathan Administration’s rigging plans. It
is no longer news that a signal has been sent to all state commands of the DSS to get the list of all INEC
Returning Officers and Ad hoc Staff before March 10th.
“There is also the ongoing illegal recruitment of over 500 new cadets into one of the country’s security
outfits, 50% of whom are from the home state of the outfit’s top brass, in violation of the provisions of
the Constitution, especially as the recruitment does not reflect the Federal Character “Nocturnal meetings are being held between various heads of national security agencies and the leadership of the PDP to undermine the coming elections; “The Presidency has retained the services of two Israelis and a
Belgian who are currently holed up in the Aso Rock Villa to hack and corrupt INEC computers on
election day, with the trio having already been paid 25 percent of their contract fees upfront.
“There is an ongoing effort to compromise the card reader, which the Jonathan Administration sees
as inimical to its rigging plans. “Huge funds are being provided for retired and serving security
personnel to buy up PVCs, with the hope that they can be used once the card reader is compromised. Remember, gentlemen, that there is a case in court seeking to declare the use of the card reader in the forthcoming elections unconstitutional.
“In the days leading up to the elections, the Jonathan Administration is planning to give the opposition the Ekiti treatment by massively arresting key opposition leaders, with a view to destabilising their ranks, putting them away and paving the way for a free rein of their rigging agents. Towards this
end, thousands of signed blank detention orders have been procured. “As part of the plan to implicate
our leaders, illegal substances may be put into their checked-in luggage during local and international
flights. That is why we are calling on our leaders to travel only with their carry-on baggage. Let me say that the detailed plans by the desperate Jonathan Administration and the PDP are part of the
massive intelligence we are receiving daily from patriotic Nigerians, within and outside the government,
who are eager to see the organisation of a free, fair, credible and violence-free elections thatwill catapult Nigeria to the league of truly democratic nations. “We have decided to share the information we are receiving with Nigerians because we believe that no power is strong enough to stop a people who are determined to effect change in the way and manner they are being governed, and that the ultimate power resides in the people. We have no doubt that the information will fortify the local and international observers who are coming for the elections, in addition to enhancing the vigilance
of the citizenry before, during and after the polls”.
In his reaction, the Director of Media and Publicity, PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Chief
Femi Fani-Kayode, said that the APC is only preparing the ground for its imminent defeat. Also, the
national publicity secretary of the PDP, Olisa Methu, declared that the fresh allegations were a conclusive proof that the APC is a party of one week, one lie. Fani-Kayode, in a press statement,
declared: said Mohammed,