The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has asked the security agencies to question the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC), following allegations that certain APC leaders were behind the gruesome killings and bloody violence that marred the November 16 governorship and senatorial elections in Bayelsa and Kogi States.
PDP’s demand is coming on the heels of shocking attempts by the APC to “dismiss nationwide calls for electoral reforms, with allusions by its spokesperson, Lanre Issa-Onilu, that no “amount of reform” can help PDP’s outcry and demand for violence-free election in Nigeria.”
In a statement by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP
said: “By gloating and interpreting national and international concerns over
bloodletting and violence in our elections as PDP’s “malady”, the APC has
further confirmed apprehensions that it is the mastermind of the
horrific violence and forceful invasion of polling units to aid their rigging plots.
“Our party invites Nigerians to note that only a mastermind and beneficiary of a crime would seek ways of dismissing, covering or diverting attention from the crime.
“By its statement, the APC has confirmed that it is indeed a
soulless mob, a marauder and murderous pillager, which has no iota of regard
for the life of Nigerians; thriving only on violence, knowing that there is
no way it can win in a free, fair and credible election.
“It is now no longer strange that APC leaders have been
trying every means to frustrate investigations into the bloody brigandage the
agents of the APC unleashed in the elections, in which about 10 Nigerians were
reportedly beheaded in Bayelsa while over 22 others were felled in Kogi, including an innocent mother, Mrs. Salome Abuh, who was burnt alive in her home by APC agents.
“It is also no longer strange that in spite of the
condemnation of the brutal murder of Mrs. Salome Abuh and calls for arrest of
the culprits by Nigerians and the international community, the perpetrators are
shielded by the APC.
“Nigerians now have more insight into why persons, who were claimed to have been arrested by security agencies in connection with the crime, have neither been paraded nor arraigned before any court of competent jurisdiction.
“While Nigerians are still mourning the gruesome killings of compatriots in the two states, the APC leaders are dancing naked on the graves of the victims by trying to divert public attention from the crime while giving official cover to arsonist and murderers who the APC deployed to kill voters, snatch and stuff ballot boxes.
“By APC comments against genuine effort to end electoral
violence in our country, it is clear that certain APC leaders indeed need to
on their roles in plotting and executing of violence in the elections.
“On our part, the PDP remains a law-abiding party committed
to the wellbeing of Nigerians and will continue to support all genuine efforts
by stakeholders to end electoral violence as well as bring perpetrators