Ahead of the coming general elections, the main opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of igniting a political crisis to halt the poll.
The claim was contained in a statement by the party on Sunday. The PDP added that the APC has plans to elongate President Muhammadu Buhari’s tenure after 2023.
“The Party alerts Nigerians of the plot by the @OfficialAPCNg to use orchestrated insecurity and political uncertainty to derail the electoral process, stall the 2023 general election and create a situation to justify a tenure elongation,” the PDP said.
“There are revelations that desperate @OfficialAPCNg leaders are behind the delay by President @MBuhari in signing the amendment to the Electoral Act 2022 to frustrate the smooth conduct of primaries by political parties and derail the entire electoral process.”
The PDP described President Buhari’s trip to the UAE as “not surprising”, as he abandoned his “constitutional duty of signing the crucial amendment to the Electoral Act.
“This attitude of Mr President to an issue critical to our electoral system is consistent with @OfficialAPCNg’s plot to cause confusion in the polity, orchestrate an unconducive environment for elections, stall the 2023 general elections and achieve a rumoured third term agenda.
“The regularity of the electoral process and the confidence of the people in the certainty of timelines and outcomes of elections are the hallmarks of democracy, which the @OfficialAPCNg has been dislocating apparently with the view to undermining the electoral process.”
The statement noted that the APC has begun o “use the Court to overthrow the outcome of the FCT Area Council election held on Saturday, February 12, 2022, which was overwhelmingly won by candidates of the @OfficialPDPNig halt the swearing-in of the newly elected Chairmen and Councilors and impose an undemocratic government in the FCT.
“The @OfficialPDPNig is concerned about @OfficialAPCNg’s exposed plot to deploy such despicable underhand methods to subvert elections in 2023 where they do not favour APC candidates.
“Moreover, it is now clear that the @OfficialAPCNg administration has been compromising our security system, opening our nation up to attacks and permitting shared sovereignty with terrorists over large portions of the territory of the Federal Republic of Nigeria apparently to orchestrate further security situation that will justify the stalling of elections in 2023.”