NATIONAL leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, yesterday, accused the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, of engaging in political terrorism in Rivers and Akwa Ibom states, just as it stressed that the action portends great danger to the nation’s democracy as well as capable of threatening the peace and stability in these states and the South-South.
In a statement by the Acting National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, the PDP noted that what was going on in the two states and others controlled by the PDP was a script acted in line with the statement of the APC National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, that the ruling party would capture all the states in the South-South.
Secondus said, “The recent comments credited to Chief John Oyegun, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), conveying the desperation of his party and the Presidency to forcefully take over PDP states in the South-South is, to say the least, unfortunate and disappointing.
“Chief Oyegun’s boast, while reacting to the bizarre ruling of the Court of Appeal judgment on Rivers State governorship petition wherein he stated: “I am more confident of winning Akwa-Ibom than any other state in the South-South…we are going to win; that is almost a certainty”, is not only careless but also smacks of impunity and arrogance that have characterized the APC.
“This comment also further betrays APC’s dirty underhand deals with unscrupulous electoral and judicial operatives, which gives its National Chairman impetus to make sweeping statements that has no place in electoral reality.
“Perhaps, it is pertinent to ask: ‘How could Chief Oyegun have known for certainty the outcome of the gubernatorial dispute in Akwa-Ibom State, a matter that may end up in the Supreme Court? Is this not a clear indication so far that Chief Oyegun and the APC are indeed interfering with the judicial processes in their quest to forcefully take over PDP states?
“Having severally alerted Nigerians and the international community of the plans of the APC to decimate the opposition by `taking over’ states controlled by the PDP, especially in Rivers and Akwa-Ibom states of the South-South zone by every means possible, we warn of dire consequences of the actions by the APC to disrupt the will of the people of the two states.
“Indeed, let it be known that the PDP warned that this script being played out by Chief Oyegun and his ilk in the APC clearly portends danger to our democratic project and our national stability”.