PDP asks security agencies to prosecute APC members in Kogi, Bayelsa
The People’s Democratic Party has charged security agencies with investigating All Progressive Congress leaders who were reportedly involved in killings and violence in Bayelsa and Kogi States during the November 16 elections.
In a statement by Lanre Issa-Onilu, PDP made this call after APC’s attempt to dismiss the nationwide calls for electoral reform, claiming that no amount of reform can help the PDP’s outcry and demand for non-violent elections in Nigeria.
PDP asks security agencies to prosecute APC members in Kogi, Bayelsa elections
The group, through its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, said in a statement:“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.”
PDP claimed that only a mastermind and violent beneficiary will reject electoral reforms.
He said that the APC has confirmed in its statement that it is a murderous pillager who has no regard for the lives of Nigerians.
Ologondiyan further stated that this is because its thrive 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.”
He added that the APC is protecting the perpetrators, while condemning the killing of Mrs Abuh and calling for the prosecution of the perpetrators by Nigerians and the international community.
Ologbondiyan questioned the security agencies for not parading the suspects who had been arrested and for not arraigning before any competent court.
“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 the genuine effort to end electoral violence in our country, it is clear that certain APC leaders indeed need to come clean 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 to book.”
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