National Publicity Secretary of People's Democratic Party (PDP), Kola Ologbondiyan, on Friday, in a statement titled ‘Zamfara Bye-election: PDP Exposes APC’s Rigging, Violence Plot,’ alleged that the PDP had uncovered a plot by the opposition APC to use compromised security agents and hired thugs to unleash violence in Bakura.
He said: “Already, there is a siege on innocent citizens of the state, where at least two supporters of our party, the PDP, have been gruesomely murdered by suspected APC thugs in the full glare of security operatives.
“We have been made aware of how, in its bid to perfect a siege on the constituency, the party plans to crush the people and prevent them from exercising their franchise. The APC has brought in special forces of the IRT and STS, three DIGs of police, two police commissioners, six deputy commissioners of police, 10 assistant commissioners of police and no less than 800 soldiers into the constituency.
“Needless to say, the two special units of the police will be abandoning their vital role of securing the Kano-Kaduna-Abuja Expressway, thereby further exposing motorists to grave danger and deaths, just because the APC wants to muscle votes (sic) in Bakura constituency.
“In addition, 200 Velarus Special Forces of the Nigeria Police, as well as 10 armoured vehicles, have been reportedly ordered to move to Bakura Constituency, all to ‘monitor’ a single state constituency election.”
Ologbondoyan explained the PDP had recorded an influx of alleged “APC riggers” to Zamfara, including five sitting governors, seven senators, members of the House of Representatives and ministers.
According to Ologondiyan, such level of desperation had exposed the unpopularity of APC in the state, particularly in Bakura constituency, which he said was “undisputedly a PDP stronghold."
He warned the APC to steer clear of using force to take over the PDP stronghold, appealing to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd), and INEC to use the poll to prove to Nigerians that they were committed to credible elections.