2019 Polls: Don’t Throw Nigeria Into Anarchy Out Of Desperation, FG warns PDP

The Federal Government has warned the main opposition PeoplesDemocratic Party (PDP) not to throw Nigerian into anarchy out of itsdesperation to grab power at all cost, saying Nigeria’s unity andsurvival override any party’s ambition.
Briefing the media in Ilorin, Kwara State, on Thursday, the Ministerof Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the ongoingattempt by the PDP to discredit the results of the yet-to-be held 2019general elections is an invitation to anarchy.
He said the latest manifestation of PDP’s avowed determination todiscredit the results of the 2019 elections is the statement creditedto the opposition party that it lacks confidence in the IndependentNational Electoral Commission (INEC) and the party’s decision to setup what it calls the Parallel Voting Tabulation (PVT) System.
”Consistently, the PDP has been attacking the two nationalinstitutions that are most pivotal to the elections – the INEC and thepolice. This is part of the party’s strategy to erode confidence inthe institutions, preparatory to faulting the outcome of theelections.
”We have also been calling national and international attention tothis strategy by the PDP. We warned that the PDP will do everything toscuttle the polls, failing which the opposition party will work todiscredit the results. The persistent accusation of planned rigging ofthe polls, which is not evidence-based, the not-so-subtle threat ofviolence issued by the PDP at its press conference on Wednesday andthe setting up of the PVT are all geared to achieve one objective:discredit the election results,” Alhaji Mohammed said.
He said while it is standard practice for political parties to havetheir own monitoring system during elections, what the PDP intends toachieve through the PVT is to set up a pseudo electoral commissionthat will announce its own concocted results and throw the nation intocrisis.
The Minister however warned the PDP of very dire consequences, shouldit proceed to usurp the role of INEC.
”INEC is the only body statutorily imbued with the power to collateand announce the results of national elections. The penalties for anyindividual or organization that usurps these functions are clearlyspelt out. It is therefore necessary to remind the PDP not to sabotagethe 2019 general elections on the altar of desperation,” he said.
 Alhaji Mohammed said it is particularly instructive that the PDP’sthreat was issued on the same day its presidential candidate joinedthe candidates of other political parties to sign the second peaceaccord.
”The threat of fire and brimstone issued by the PDP, for no reason atall, is incongruent with the stated position of its presidentialcandidate that his ambition is not worth the life of any Nigerian.Attacks on the institutions charged with organizing and securing theelections constitute a recipe for anarchy, while anarchy spares noone’s life!” he said.
The Minister called on the security agencies to ensure that no oneprecipitates chaos before, during and after the elections, and urgedNigerians to come out in large numbers to peacefully exercise theirfranchise.

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