nPDP: We Are Ready To Die, As APC unvovers PDP’s Plan To Rig 2015 Elections

nPDP: We Are Ready To Die, As APC unvovers PDP’s Plan To Rig 2015 Elections


Chairman of the New Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Abubakar Kawu Baraje, has advised members of his National Working Committee (NWC) to prepare their Wills as the crisis rocking the ruling party festers.
He said the advice was necessary to guide against any eventuality because, according to him, his group was aware of alleged plot by the Presidency to clamp down on the members, a situation he says may lead to some deaths.Baraje, whose faction of the PDP is known as New PDP, however, told the Presidency that his followers, just like himself, were prepared to die if need be to get their demands met.
He, however, urged the Presidency to spare former President Olusegun Obasanjo in the planned clampdown, saying inclusion of the ex-President among sponsors of the factional PDP to be dealt with by security operatives was an error.
A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the group, Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, on Sunday quoted Baraje as giving the advice.
The statement said decision to include the Obasanjo and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in the list of sponsors of the breakaway party to be dealt with was confirmed by an associate of the President, Mujahid Asari Dokubo, a former Niger Delta militant.
It said the decision to prepare for death by the members of the group was borne out of information at its disposal that President Goodluck Jonathan and his supporters are concluding arrangements to clamp down on them.
“Some days ago, we received intelligence reports that the Presidency was putting finishing touches to what it calls, ‘Operation Total Crackdown on G7 and their allies in the New PDP’.
“When we got details of the plot to arrest and commit the leadership of New PDP to prison without charge we thought it was a joke.
“The reality, however, dawned on us after we read the interview of our friend and brother, Alhaji Mujahid Asari-Dokubo, in the ‘PREMIUM TIMES of September 26, 2013, confirming that President Goodluck Jonathan is under pressure to arrest former President Olusegun Obasanjo and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar without any further delay.
“The sin of these two distinguished Nigerian statesmen, according to those plotting their ‘demystification’, is their alleged support for the New PDP, including the G7 Governors.
“This evil plot being conceived by the Presidency confirms that the Abacha days are truly here again with us.
“In view of the seriousness of this devilish plot to crack down on us in total disregard of the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution, the National Chairman of the new PDP, Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje, summoned an emergency meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party to brainstorm on how best to respond to the situation.
“Our conclusion at the end of the meeting was that we would not be intimidated for any reason, even if it means death, as we are fighting a just cause of reclaiming, recovering and establishing our party based on the vision of its founding fathers, as the party is currently usurped by some members who do not know how it was formed.
“Baraje, knowing how dirty some of the hawks in the Presidency can fight when pushed to the wall, directed NWC members to write their Wills immediately after the meeting as we have entered the stage of no retreat and no surrender, fully determined to reclaim what rightly belongs to us.
“The NWC also resolved to urge the G7 Governors that on no account should they be intimidated or frightened by any tactics or strategy employed by state forces to coerce them to forgo any of the issues they have been asked to present before President Jonathan during the October 7 meeting,” the statement added.
Exonerating Obasanjo from the New PDP fight with Jonathan and the Bamanga Tukur-led PDP, the statement said there was nothing to link the ex-President with the group, advising the Presidency not to lose its sense of judgement in the fight against perceived enemies.
All Progressives Congress (APC) also alleged on Sunday that it has uncovered a plot by the PDP and the Presidency to rig the 2015 general elections, especially the Presidential poll and destabilise the country.In a statement in Lagos by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, APC alleged of “the multi-faceted strategy that is being employed by the diabolical duo of the PDP and the Presidency, in their unbridled desperation to win the 2015 elections at all cost.”It alleged that the plot includes suppression of votes in areas where the President’s chances are slim, using the police and the military.
“They also plan to use what they have tagged a ‘Third Force’ to bamboozle Nigerians and project the image of a performing Presidency, even when they admit that the current public perception of government is less than salutary because of its weakness and lack of vision; engage in the destabilization of the APC using moles and fifth columnists; instigate chaos in the South-West, using what they called the ‘Old Afenifere Guards’ as well as infiltrate and weaken socio-cultural and socio-political organisations in areas they deemed to be unfavourable to the President.”
The APC said “the PDP/Presidency’s grand plot also did not exclude even the PDP itself, as they are pursuing a strategy of decisively and ruthlessly purging from the ranks of the party’s inner decision-making caucus all recalcitrant members, including Governors and House of Representatives members.
‘’The dogged pursuit of this action of dealing with supposed recalcitrant members has led to suspensions, expulsions and alienation of some PDP members, and it was the immediate trigger of the collapse of the party of tattered umbrella.‘’After all, it is said that a house divided against itself cannot stand,” APC said.
The party added that the North East and North West have been singled out as areas where votes must be suppressed in 2015, by creating an enabling environment for the deployment of ‘’special forces’’ in the run-up to the 2015 elections.“Simply put, they intend to launch police/military actions in the run-up to 2015, to ensure most of the registered voters in the zones are disenfranchised.
‘’The reason these two geo-political zones have been singled out for ‘vote suppression’ is because of what the PDP/Presidency called the ‘voting demographics’ in the zones in 2011.“The North West had 18,900, 543 registered voters in 2011 while the North East had 10,038,119. By contrast, the President’s ‘safe support base’ of South-South and South East had 8,937,057 and 7,028,560 respectively, the total of which was less than that of the North West alone!‘’The PDP/Presidency therefore believe that unless the votes in these two zones are suppressed, and those of the South-West (14,298,356) stifled one way or the other, the chances of the President winning re-election are very poor.“Needless to say that these three zones (NE, NW and SW) are considered to be hostile to the President, hence must be tamed,’’ APC said.
The Bamanga Tukur-led PDP, however, responded swiftly on Sunday, describing APC’s allegation as unfounded.
PDP said the allegation “is all part of the failures associated with the opposition party, as it is designed to fail.” 
According to National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, “These are all excuses for APC’s envisioned monumental failure in the 2015 polls.  The APC is a media creation. They are not on ground. The statement is merely trying to justify its anticipated failure.”
The PDP spokesman said the ruling party will “no longer dignify disgruntled and frustrated persons and groups with responses and replies. We have directed all organs of the party to engage only in productive and proactive activities.”
Accordingly, Metuh added, “The PDP is only willing to discuss the policies and programmes of the government. Nigerians will like to know the oppositions’ alternatives to the President’s programs.“Let us remain focused on issues that will lead to good governance and provide dividends of democracy please. We advise these elements to go and prepare for elections and stop offering excuses for envisioned monumental failure at the polls,” he said.

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Chairman of the New Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Abubakar Kawu Baraje, has advised members of his National Working Committee (NWC) to prepare their Wills as the crisis rocking the ruling party festers.
He said the advice was necessary to guide against any eventuality because, according to him, his group was aware of alleged plot by the Presidency to clamp down on the members, a situation he says may lead to some deaths.Baraje, whose faction of the PDP is known as New PDP, however, told the Presidency that his followers, just like himself, were prepared to die if need be to get their demands met.
He, however, urged the Presidency to spare former President Olusegun Obasanjo in the planned clampdown, saying inclusion of the ex-President among sponsors of the factional PDP to be dealt with by security operatives was an error.
A statement by the National Publicity Secretary of the group, Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, on Sunday quoted Baraje as giving the advice.
The statement said decision to include the Obasanjo and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in the list of sponsors of the breakaway party to be dealt with was confirmed by an associate of the President, Mujahid Asari Dokubo, a former Niger Delta militant.
It said the decision to prepare for death by the members of the group was borne out of information at its disposal that President Goodluck Jonathan and his supporters are concluding arrangements to clamp down on them.
“Some days ago, we received intelligence reports that the Presidency was putting finishing touches to what it calls, ‘Operation Total Crackdown on G7 and their allies in the New PDP’.
“When we got details of the plot to arrest and commit the leadership of New PDP to prison without charge we thought it was a joke.
“The reality, however, dawned on us after we read the interview of our friend and brother, Alhaji Mujahid Asari-Dokubo, in the ‘PREMIUM TIMES of September 26, 2013, confirming that President Goodluck Jonathan is under pressure to arrest former President Olusegun Obasanjo and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar without any further delay.
“The sin of these two distinguished Nigerian statesmen, according to those plotting their ‘demystification’, is their alleged support for the New PDP, including the G7 Governors.
“This evil plot being conceived by the Presidency confirms that the Abacha days are truly here again with us.
“In view of the seriousness of this devilish plot to crack down on us in total disregard of the provisions of the Nigerian Constitution, the National Chairman of the new PDP, Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje, summoned an emergency meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party to brainstorm on how best to respond to the situation.
“Our conclusion at the end of the meeting was that we would not be intimidated for any reason, even if it means death, as we are fighting a just cause of reclaiming, recovering and establishing our party based on the vision of its founding fathers, as the party is currently usurped by some members who do not know how it was formed.
“Baraje, knowing how dirty some of the hawks in the Presidency can fight when pushed to the wall, directed NWC members to write their Wills immediately after the meeting as we have entered the stage of no retreat and no surrender, fully determined to reclaim what rightly belongs to us.
“The NWC also resolved to urge the G7 Governors that on no account should they be intimidated or frightened by any tactics or strategy employed by state forces to coerce them to forgo any of the issues they have been asked to present before President Jonathan during the October 7 meeting,” the statement added.
Exonerating Obasanjo from the New PDP fight with Jonathan and the Bamanga Tukur-led PDP, the statement said there was nothing to link the ex-President with the group, advising the Presidency not to lose its sense of judgement in the fight against perceived enemies.
All Progressives Congress (APC) also alleged on Sunday that it has uncovered a plot by the PDP and the Presidency to rig the 2015 general elections, especially the Presidential poll and destabilise the country.In a statement in Lagos by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, APC alleged of “the multi-faceted strategy that is being employed by the diabolical duo of the PDP and the Presidency, in their unbridled desperation to win the 2015 elections at all cost.”It alleged that the plot includes suppression of votes in areas where the President’s chances are slim, using the police and the military.
“They also plan to use what they have tagged a ‘Third Force’ to bamboozle Nigerians and project the image of a performing Presidency, even when they admit that the current public perception of government is less than salutary because of its weakness and lack of vision; engage in the destabilization of the APC using moles and fifth columnists; instigate chaos in the South-West, using what they called the ‘Old Afenifere Guards’ as well as infiltrate and weaken socio-cultural and socio-political organisations in areas they deemed to be unfavourable to the President.”
The APC said “the PDP/Presidency’s grand plot also did not exclude even the PDP itself, as they are pursuing a strategy of decisively and ruthlessly purging from the ranks of the party’s inner decision-making caucus all recalcitrant members, including Governors and House of Representatives members.
‘’The dogged pursuit of this action of dealing with supposed recalcitrant members has led to suspensions, expulsions and alienation of some PDP members, and it was the immediate trigger of the collapse of the party of tattered umbrella.‘’After all, it is said that a house divided against itself cannot stand,” APC said.
The party added that the North East and North West have been singled out as areas where votes must be suppressed in 2015, by creating an enabling environment for the deployment of ‘’special forces’’ in the run-up to the 2015 elections.“Simply put, they intend to launch police/military actions in the run-up to 2015, to ensure most of the registered voters in the zones are disenfranchised.
‘’The reason these two geo-political zones have been singled out for ‘vote suppression’ is because of what the PDP/Presidency called the ‘voting demographics’ in the zones in 2011.“The North West had 18,900, 543 registered voters in 2011 while the North East had 10,038,119. By contrast, the President’s ‘safe support base’ of South-South and South East had 8,937,057 and 7,028,560 respectively, the total of which was less than that of the North West alone!‘’The PDP/Presidency therefore believe that unless the votes in these two zones are suppressed, and those of the South-West (14,298,356) stifled one way or the other, the chances of the President winning re-election are very poor.“Needless to say that these three zones (NE, NW and SW) are considered to be hostile to the President, hence must be tamed,’’ APC said.
The Bamanga Tukur-led PDP, however, responded swiftly on Sunday, describing APC’s allegation as unfounded.
PDP said the allegation “is all part of the failures associated with the opposition party, as it is designed to fail.” 
According to National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, “These are all excuses for APC’s envisioned monumental failure in the 2015 polls.  The APC is a media creation. They are not on ground. The statement is merely trying to justify its anticipated failure.”
The PDP spokesman said the ruling party will “no longer dignify disgruntled and frustrated persons and groups with responses and replies. We have directed all organs of the party to engage only in productive and proactive activities.”
Accordingly, Metuh added, “The PDP is only willing to discuss the policies and programmes of the government. Nigerians will like to know the oppositions’ alternatives to the President’s programs.“Let us remain focused on issues that will lead to good governance and provide dividends of democracy please. We advise these elements to go and prepare for elections and stop offering excuses for envisioned monumental failure at the polls,” he said.

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