The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are blaming the Presidential candidate and national leader of the ruling Party of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu as the man behind the recent Lagos PVC clash, saying that he is afraid of election.
The PDP while reacting to the Lagos PVC clash in a statement released on Saturday 11th June 2022, by Debo Ologunagba, the National Publicity Secretary of the party, stated “that Nigerians are disturbed by the dastardly action instigated by leaders of to prevent citizens, particularly people of the South East region resident in Lagos State from collecting their Permanent Voter Cards (PVC) to enable them vote in the 2023 general elections”.
Debo Ologunagba in the statement alleged that that action (Lagos PVC Clash) by the APC in Lagos is part of its desperate design to use violence to sabotage free, fair and credible elections in 2023 having realized that Nigerians have rejected its Presidential Candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu ahead of the polls.
He stated that Tinubu has been in morbid fear of the soaring popularity of the PDP Presidential Candidate, Atiku, hence the attempt by the APC to stop Nigerians from obtaining their PVCs to vote in the elections; an action that portends serious threat and danger to our democratic process.
“Is it not an irony that the party of the government of the day that pretends to have the support of the people and professes continuity is busy chasing away prospective voters?
The APC is already suffering from Pre-Election Fever Syndrome in trepidation that it cannot win in a free, fair, credible and transparent process where Nigerians are allowed to freely express their Will.
It is particularly disturbing that this pattern is a resurgence of previous attempts in 2019 where APC leaders harassed Nigerians, especially the people of the South East and threatened to throw them into the Lagoon should they vote for any other party other than the APC.
The statement continued:
“It will also be recalled that a similar act of violence was unleashed on Nigerians in the Isolo axis of Lagos in the 2019 general elections, where the APC, upon discovering that it has been rejected at the polls, openly sponsored and unleashed terror on innocent citizens and destroyed all votes cast.
The APC has again become chaotic and desperate because Nigerians have recognized it as what it is; a Special Purpose Vehicle which was hurriedly put together to defraud the nation.
Tinubu and the APC must know that they cannot surmount the determination of Nigerians who are now rallying on the platform of the PDP to use this 2023 general elections to take back their country from the stranglehold and misrule of the corrupt, incompetent, inhumane and rudderless APC
Our Party cautions Asiwaju and the APC to thread carefully and rein in their thugs, hoodlums and terrorists as they will be firmly resisted by Nigerians,” the statement added.