The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus has told President Muhammadu Buhari that he is inciting security agencies against Nigerians in his desperation to cling to power. Secondus said the president’s remarks at caucus meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday, amounts to a declaration of war on Nigerian voters. The PDP National Chairman, in a statement by his media adviser, Ike Abonyi, accused the president of giving APC leaders sweeping order to move about with the military in their constituencies to harass and intimidate the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) staff and the opposition agents to enable them use thugs to rig the elections. He alleged that 48 hours to the rescheduled election, the Director General of the Buhari Campaign Organization, Rotimi Amaechi, entered Okirika in Okirika Local Government Area of Rivers State with a troop of soldiers, ostensibly to scare away voters whom he knew were not going to vote for his party. “The president’s confirmation that he has directed the service chiefs to kill Nigerians is nothing but a pre-determined script hatched by the ruling party to create voter apathy and implement their result replacement plans using thugs protected by the military,” Secondus stated. He said that President Buhari has never been sincere in conducting a free and fair election, recalling the president’s refusal to sign the amended Electoral Act which would have facilitated a credible polling in the country.
The National Chairman expressed shock that a Commander-in-Chief would issue such threat to voters. “In all democracies world over, elections are civil matter that is usually handled by civil security like police,” Secondus observed, and wondered why the involvement of military when there are enough security challenges to tackle. He noted that instead of the president addressing serious fallouts from the botched general elections last Saturday where his party members who acted as contractors to INEC played significant dubious roles, he chose to threaten innocent voters. Secondus said that the president’s action is all tailored towards his dictatorial statement to the international media that nobody can unseat him, but noted that he is not God as Nigeria people have already decided to unseat him with Atiku Abubakar, noting that the voice of the people is the voice of God.