The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has urged the Nigerian Army and other security agencies to expose political mercenaries smuggled into Nigeria by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
PDP alleged that the APC used the thugs to unleash violence on citizens to facilitate its 2019 general elections rigging plan.
PDP further urged security agencies to compel the APC to disclose the whereabouts of these alleged mercenaries.
“Nigerians can recall that the PDP had raised the alarm when the APC, seeing that it could not win in a free, fair and credible election, compromised our territorial borders to bring in political mercenaries from other countries to participate in their campaign rallies, as well as assist them in perpetuating violence,” Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP spokesman, said.
“Nigerians can also recall how the APC agents unleashed violence on voters in Kano, Kaduna, Rivers, Kogi, Taraba, Adamawa and other states of the federation to muscle votes for its candidates, particularly in the presidential election; and how the APC leadership stood in staunch defence of the compromising of our territorial borders as well as the violence that characterised the elections.
“This was in addition to apprehensions of possible plots by the APC to use the thugs to cause confusion and derail our democratic process, should they fail to rig the elections. It is instructive to note that the APC had not been able to state the whereabouts of the thugs after the elections.”
He further alleged that the thugs had filtered deeper into the nation and had caused the spate of banditry in many states.
“This is particularly as the APC is now overweighed by public disapproval and opprobrium for rigging the election and being faced with huge legitimacy challenges ahead, can resort to all manner of shenanigans just to divert public attention from its odious status.
“The PDP, as a law-abiding party, committed to the unity, stability and sovereignty of our nation, as well as the deepening of our democratic process stands with Nigerians in their refusal to be distracted by the APC in the determination to get justice for our nation at the tribunals.”