The Peoples Democratic Party in Ekiti State has alleged that the ruling All Progressives Congress has perfected plans to make use of thugs to snatch election materials in Saturday’s council election.
The party however warned the leadership of the APC to have a rethink as any attempt to carry out such plan will be met with absolute resistance.
This was contained in a statement by the PDP Publicity Secretary in the state, Jackson Adebayo, which was made available to newsmen on Thursday in Ado Ekiti.
The party alleged that the plan to use thugs was hatched at the Government House on Monday as indications emerged that the election may favour PDP in many local government areas because of the popularity of the party’s candidates and other factors.
Adebayo said there are reports that some of the PDP candidates were being threatened after all the attempts by the government officials to buy them over failed.
According to him, a meeting that was arranged to meet with some PDP candidates at the residence of the Deputy Governor, Chief Bisi Egbeyemi, was hurriedly put off when the leadership of the APC discovered that it has become too late to persuade them not to participate in the election again.
He added that the failure to stop the PDP candidates at all cost has led to the meeting held at the Government House, where the decision was reached to resort to ballot stuffings and highjack of election materials across the State.
The PDP maintained that there is no amount of intimidation or shenanigan that will change the determination of its members to win the local government election on Saturday.
Adebayo said: “We as a Party, democratic culture resides with us but will not hesitate to meet fire with fire and mobilize for victory, hence we advice members of APC to drop the idea of thuggery in order not to turn the State into a war zone.
“We are equally calling on all the security agencies that will participate in the election to orientate their men not to allow themselves to be used as guards by the APC to carry out rigging in the elections because that’s the boast of every members of APC now in the State.”