The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) raised the stakes in the Rivers rerin elections coming up on Saturday, accusing the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government of planning to impose a state of emergency on the state.
In a statement on Thursday, PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, noted that APC had concluded plans to scuttle the Saturday’s rerun elections in the state through sponsorship of violence to act as stimulus for the call for emergency rule in Rivers.
PDP said: “The party is privy to a grand design by the APC to orchestrate violence in the state with a view to truncating the elections, having realized that the PDP and its candidates are more popular and ready to win overwhelmingly in all the reruns.
“We are aware that the orchestration of violence is designed to serve as stimulus for the planned imposition of a state of emergency to enable the APC forcefully take over the state which is failed to get through the ballot box. We also know the design to unleash violence is behind the recent infamous call by APC spokesman in Ondo state, Omo’ba Abayomi Adesanya for emergency rule in Rivers state.
“What else, apart from the execution of this plot explains the complains from our candidates and members in Rivers state of constant threats by partisan security operatives as well as the recent gale of arrests, attacks and killing of PDP supporters in the state?
“But let it be known that Rivers State is a stronghold of the PDP and that such profane quest would be squarely and comprehensively greeted with intense resistance and very dire consequences,” the party said.