‘APC Plots To Compromise Nation’s Security System, Set To Intimidate Nigerians During 2019 Elections,’ – PDP
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that illegal importation of military equipment by suspected officials of Kogi State government places a huge spectre of a doubt on the Presidency’s commitment to free and fair elections in 2019.
The party in a statement by Kola Ologbondiyan, National Publicity Secretary, on Saturday, tasked the Presidency and Military High Command to immediately come out with explanations to Nigerians on how Governor Yayaha Bello of Kogi allegedly got the approval to import military equipment, which is exclusively under the purview of the Presidency and the military.
Media reports claimed that men of the Nigeria Customs Service had intercepted some military wares alleged imported into the country linking officials of a government in the North Central to the illegal imports.
Speaking further, PDP said Nigerians had been wondering how weapons and other military equipment got into the hands of those it termed ‘marauders’, who had been ravaging the nation, adding that this discovery could be an unfolding clue for which an open investigation must be conducted.
The party further expressed fears that the development could be part of the alleged plot by the APC to compromise the nation’s security system and set the stage for the intimidation of Nigerians during the 2019 general elections to push its re-election bid.
“From the reports so far, it appears that we are now having a clue on how weapons and other military equipment being used by marauders and criminals to ravage and murder our citizens are illegally sneaked into the country and by which interest.
“Nigerians now know that some persons and officials linked with APC interests have been playing roles in compromising the security of our nation by smuggling in military equipment for unknown groups ostensibly to carry out evil activities.
“We hold that this is a very critical matter and as a pro-people party, committed to the well being of Nigerians, urge the Presidency and the military to quickly offer explanations to Nigerians on who issued the end-user certificate for the importation of the said military equipment into our country,” the party said.
The party further demanded an open, forensic investigation into the matter so that Nigerians will know the truth.