2015 Elections: If Elections Are Rigged, There Will Be Problems, Lai Warns PDP

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As the 2015 general elections draw nearer, political gladiators are out to ensure victory at the polls at all cost and the All Progressives Congress is not an exception.

On Friday, the party declared its readiness to battle it out with the People’s Democratic Party and was not going to participate in any niceties if it pronounces the polls as not been free and fair.

The party berated the presidency for blasting Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State over his comment that APC will form a parallel government if PDP wins the general election and maintained that the governor had spoken the mind of the party.

According to a statement signed and issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said that what Amaechi said at the APC’s Salvation Rally was simply to reiterate the stand taken by the party before the last Osun State governorship election.

‘’Those who are fretting about this statement are those who are planning to rig the elections and they should be warned that Nigerians will no longer accept the outcome of any fraudulent polls. Those who incite the people are those who steal their mandate.

‘’What we made is a conditional statement. If A happens, then B will follow. That means if elections are not rigged, there will be no problem. It is therefore laughable that anyone will call that statement treasonable,’’ it said, adding that there is no higher treason than the subversion of the people’s will.

The APC reminded the presidency that Nigeria would not be an exception where it would take laws in its hands if the elections are rigged.

‘’Let us remind the presidency, in case it has forgotten, that election fraud triggered a civil war in Algeria in the early 1990s, which led to the killing of over 1,000 people in post-election riots in Kenya in 2007/2008 and fired a near revolution in Iran in 2009/2010. Electoral frauds also corrupt democracy and breed dictatorship, and risk making the people to lose confidence in democracy. Why then would any government react violently if warned against election rigging?’’ the party queried.

The APC went further to advice the presidency to stop issuing threats but to live up to its responsibilities by ensuring the elections are free and fair in all ramifications.

APC said it was necessary to constantly warn the PDP and the Federal Government not to tamper with the 2015 polls because of their alleged penchant for electoral desperation, which manifests in the intimidation of the opposition and the militarisation of election, disposition to anarchy and propensity for impunity.

The party said already, the process leading to the 2015 polls was flawed, with alleged moves to disenfranchise millions of Nigerians by making it impossible for them to either register or get their Permanent Voter Cards and the plot to depopulate the strongholds of the opposition.

‘’PDP and the governments it sired, especially at the centre, are lawless and anarchic. That’s why they can unleash the police against federal legislators in an attempt to force a removal of the Speaker of the House of Representatives. That’s why a state under the control of the PDP will use seven lawmakers to remove the Speaker in a 26-member House of Assembly.

‘’Because it is said that eternal vigilance is the price of freedom, we will constantly warn the PDP and the Federal Government not to tamper with the 2015 elections. We will constantly chide them for trying to institutionalise impunity. We cannot and will not be intimidated by an uptight presidency,’’ it said.

“The PDP and the Jonathan administration are the masters of impunity, and they will not hesitate to exploit any sign of docility in the face of their evil intentions on the part of the opposition. The lessons are there: Had the members of the House of Representatives been docile on Thursday when remote-controlled security agents invaded their premises and barred them from entering, Tambuwal would have ceased to be the Speaker by now.

‘’For us, the gloves are off. We will no longer engage in any nicety as long as some people are bent on thwarting the will of the people through electoral fraud. All we are demanding is a free, fair and credible election. All we are saying is that no one should incite the people by stealing their mandate. How these demands can be construed to mean treason is as baffling as the do-or-die disposition of the ruling PDP to elections,’’ the party said.

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