The Federal Government on Monday, accused the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of having concluded measures to discredit the particular upcoming general elections in the country.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed made the claim in a press conference in Abuja on Monday.
Here is full text of the Federal Government’ s claims against the PDP:
With just 12 days towards the 2019 election, we have called this press conference to alert Nigerians to the evil machinations of the opposition, which is not campaigning to win the particular election – because they know they can’ t win a free, fair and peaceful election – but are busy planning how to scuttle or even discredit it.
Recall that on Monday, January 21st 2019, we alerted the nation, also via a press conference, to the plot simply by some opposition elements to scuttle the 2019 general elections by instigating widespread violence across the country. Of course we didn’ t just make this upward. It was based on credible intelligence
We revealed that the plan to scuttle the polls is part of moves to push the nation into a constitutional turmoil, with the plotters hoping they can leverage on that to push for an interim government. When we raised the alarm, the opposition dismissed it. Obviously they were shocked to have been found out, so we understand their panic reaction.
To underscore the seriousness of our alert, a week after our own press conference, the National Security Adviser (NSA) met with state governors to also inform them of this same plan to scuttle the polls through widespread violence. As I said at my last press conference, the alarm we raised is based on credible intelligence.
Today, still based on credible cleverness, we can reveal that the opposition is moving a step further. They are working hard to discredit the forthcoming election before, during and after the polls.
Specifically, they are sending a delegation to some Western capitals, including London, Brussels and Washington, DC, to push the concocted line how the Buhari Administration has perfected the plan to rig the polls. They are therefore pushing for a rejection of the results if the President wins re-election. Also, they are predicting carnage in the event of the President’ s victory.
Already, they have started flying the rigging kite domestically. They have been engaging in incendiary unsupported claims and in making outlandish claims using several fronts, including the nebulous Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) which, by the way, is nothing more than a reincarnated Association for Better Nigeria (ABN).
Of course you all know the role that the ABN played in the failed 1999 political transition process.
They have targeted, for attack, the two key institutions that are most critical to the success of the election: The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as well as the Police. They have used every malleable and malicious personality to make wild allegations against INEC. Their strategy is simple:
Discredit the political election even before it is held, and continue during and after the polls with a view to convincing the West – which they believe they have won for their side using lobbyist-propelled propaganda – that the election is not credible.
9. Some may ask: Why would the opposition go to this particular length? The answer is simple: They know, and are convinced, that they cannot win a free, fair, credible and peaceful polls. The handwriting in on the wall structure for all discerning people to see. While President Buhari has received warm and genuine reception and adulation from huge crowds everywhere he has visited campaign, their candidate has been exposed to apathetic and thinning crowds! Their numbers just don’ t add up!
On our part, we being an Administration are undaunted by their antics, even though we believe it is necessary to expose their evil plans – as we have been doing – to the world. Leader Muhammadu Buhari has repeatedly stated his commitment to ensuring a free, fair and violence-free election. He has no doubt – based on testimonies of change from Nigerians – that the achievements of his Administration, in the three cardinal areas of fighting corruption, revamping the economy and fighting insecurity, will speak intended for him at the polls. He did not rig his way into office and has no need to rig now that he is in office.
We are for that reason compelled to alert Nigerians and the global community to the following:
The desperate opposition is doing everything possible, including instigating widespread violence along with relentless attacks on key institutions, to discredit the forthcoming election. They know they will lose the election, but they want victory by subterfuge.
To further their plan, the opposition is dispatching a 10-member delegation to some Western capitals, including London, Brussels and Washington, DC, to sell the idea that the Buhari Administration has perfected the plan to rig the election. They have no empirical basis for the idea they are pushing, outside of relying on exploiting the nation’ s ‘ fault lines’ of religion, ethnicity and regionalism.
The opposition is approaching the political election with an incredible level of the infamous Association for Better Nigeria (ABN), under the guise of CUPP, to engage in unrestrained rabble-rousing and frivolous courtroom cases. Of course , the activities of CUPP in recent times are there for all to see, even though the coalition seems to be a very poor imitation of the original ABN.
The particular Buhari Administration is committed to a free, fair, credible and peaceful polls. We are glad that local and international observers are already fully mobilised in order to the election.
We call on all Nigerians to be vigilant as we begin the final countdown to the election. Eternal vigilance, as the saying will go, in the price of liberty. We must not allow desperate politicians to crash our democracy on the altar of their personal – and sometimes inordinate – ambition!
I thank you all for your kind attention. I will now take your questions, strictly on the issues that I have addressed.