New date for Rivers poll, plot by Buhari’s APC govt to destroy state —Secondus
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) national chairman, Uche Secondus has described the April date for the completion of Rivers State governorship election as a plot to destroy the state.
He suggested that President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government is using chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Professor Mahmood Yakubu, and the Army chief, Tukur Buratai, to achieve the alleged purpose.
He stated this in a statement on Friday from his media office signed by Ike Abonyi, in response to INEC’s announcement to conclude Rivers election in April.
He said the APC government led by Buhari, having failed in a nefarious plan to hijack power in Rivers using all anti-democratic means, now want to use Yakubu and the military chiefs to stretch the state electoral problems until there is total breakdown of law and order.
According to him, the wicked plan is to stretch the endurance limit of the people, break their capacity to defend democracy so that when they react, they will find reason to kill them and declare a state of emergency.
He added that Yakubu has kept shifting the completion of collation of election results in the state as part of a bigger plot that will enable the APC faction go to court, and create more confusion that would linger until swearing in for a constitutional logjam to frustrate PDP out for the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi who is a willing tool in the destruction of the state.
He further noted that what is playing out is part of a grand plan of the cabals to create division among brothers in the guise of helping one of the parties when the real agenda is to have the opportunity to plunge and hijack the abundant hydrocarbon industry of the region.
“Nothing underscores this heinous act more than Prof Yakubu choosing to shift completion of collation results to April 2 that is over 20 days after the March 9, when the election was supposed to have been concluded.
“Rivers state which is the economic hub of the Niger Delta region and the nation’s headquarters of hydrocarbon industry has been held down since March 9 when the military invaded the state collation center ostensibly to protect the interest of a faction of APC that had no candidate in the election.
“What they actually desire is to pull all Niger Deltans to the creeks and let the power monger cabals at the Villa over ran the place and hijack the hydrocarbon industry of the region.
“Some credible intelligence available to the party shows that the long stretch of the electoral process in the state is part of a larger arrangement by the federal government and their critical agencies that include the military ùsing Prof Yakubu to punish the state for the APC’s self inflicted problem that deprived them of having candidates in the elections in the state.
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“The shift is deliberate and intended to help APC regroup for further onslaught on the people, all in the agenda of hijacking power by hook or crook in Rivers state,” he said.
Secondus therefore called on President Buhari to note that what is going on in Rivers State which has his inprints has a larger consequences to the democracy and national cohesion stressing that a region of the country that produces the wealth of the nation deserves a better treatment than they are getting.
“The will of the people is sacrosanct and anybody trying to thwart it should be ready for the repercussions from God,” he added.
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