The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the presidency of pursuing an agenda to get its candidate, General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), disqualified and have the elections postponed using a court injunction.
The opposition party also blamed the ruling party and presidency for orchestrating the ongoing campaign for the postponement of the election, despite their denials and the assurances by the ruling party that it is ready for the polls
While urging its members and supporters in particular, and all Nigerians in general, to remain vigilant and be firm in saying ‘no’ to election postponement, the APC appealed to the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) to ensure that the courts are not used as a tool to sabotage the elections and indeed the nation’s democracy.
In a statement issued on Wednesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said there was no clearer indication that the PDP and the presidency are the puppeteers behind the campaign to shift the elections than Wednesday’s newspaper advertorial plainly campaigning for the polls to be shifted,’’ the party said.
“This advert, which has the picture of President Goodluck Jonathan and the logo of the PDP – meaning they will be the sole beneficiaries of the postponement they are seeking – leaves no one in doubt that the ruling party and the presidency are pathologically dishonest, deliberately deceptive and chronically terrified about the elections,’’ it said.
The APC said now that all pretences were off and the sponsors of the election postponement campaign have been unveiled, Nigerians must reject them and their campaign.
‘’The campaign, which is hinged on the fact that many Nigerians have not collected their Permanent Voters’ Cards (PVCs), is not sincere. If it is, the PDP and the presidency would have instead been urging Nigerians to go all out and collect their PVCs so that the election can hold. Why is this so impossible for them to do?
‘’Like we said earlier, what prevents the federal government from declaring a three-day public holidays to give Nigerians the opportunity to collect their PVCs? Why is it that only the PDP and its sponsored groups and individuals are the ones leading the campaign for election postponement, even as our party, the APC, has been campaigning for Nigerians to go and collect their PVCs?
‘’Is it not instructive that at least 26 political parties have joined the no-postponement campaign, while the PDP/presidency, as well as the lick-spittle individuals and groups who have been compromised in one way or another, continue to beat the drums of election shift?’’ the party said.
The opposition party wondered why the PDP and presidency would be second-guessing the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which had said it was ready to go ahead with the elections, and that it would be distributing PVCs until the eve of the elections.
APC urged its members and supporters in particular, and all Nigerians in general to remain vigilant and be firm in saying ‘no’ to election postponement.
‘’We know that the next frontier in the ongoing battle by the PDP/presidency to get our candidate, Buhari, disqualified and have the elections postponed, is the court. We know they will seek to secure spurious injunctions to scuttle the elections, following the footsteps of the Association for Better Nigeria (ABN) in 1993. This is why we are appealing to the CJN,’’ APC said.
The party added: ‘’For the avoidance of doubt, we are ready for the elections and we will not, under any circumstance, support any shift in the dates for the elections, which were fixed more than a year ago.
‘’If the PDP and the presidency are not afraid of anything, we challenge them to come out today to denounce the campaign for election postponement, dissociate themselves from it and announce unequivocally that they are ready for the elections. Failure to do that, they stand accused of working hard to sabotage the elections and truncate the nation’s democracy.’’