The Peoples Democratic Party has accused the All Progressives Congress and its National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, of unleashing violence on the PDP headquarters on Thursday.
The PDP alleged that Oshiomhole and the APC used thugs to unleash the violence.
This was during the submission of the nomination and expression of interest forms by a leading presidential candidate of the party and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar.
In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party called on Oshiomhole to rein in his party’s thugs, who the APC detailed to disrupt activities at the PDP National Secretariat, Abuja.
The PDP said while it can understand that the APC has been distraught over the renewed surge of Nigerians to the platform of our repositioned party of choice, which signposts our inevitable victory in the 2019 election, the ruling party’s resort to banditry and violent attack on “our secretariat is a handshake taken beyond the elbow and will not be tolerated”.
It added: “The whole world witnessed with dismay, how APC thugs, brandishing their party’s famished brooms and charms; armed with machetes and other dangerous weapons stormed our national secretariat which has become a beehive of activities and attacked and wounded our members and supporters before they were dispelled by security operatives.
“The PDP had repeatedly warned against APC’s proclivity for violence and unprovoked attacks, but we never imagined that their desperation for power will drive them to the insanity of attacking our national secretariat.
“Intelligence report available to the PDP shows that the thugs were assembled and mobilized from the National Secretariat of the APC.
“We therefore charge security agencies, who also witnessed this attack, to immediately investigate this development, arrest and prosecute all individuals and officials of APC connected with the attack.
“Moreover, the unleashing of thugs by the APC against our law-abiding party members and supporters, is particularly revealing of those behind some of the violent attacks on innocent Nigerians in various parts of the country.
“Finally, while the PDP appreciates the overwhelming support by Nigerian’s across board, our party restates the determination to dismantle all forces of intimidation and rigging machinery of the APC ahead of the 2019 general elections.”