The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Thursday, alleged that the Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG), deployed to oversee the election had been compromised.
The party added that there are plot by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to unleash violence and rig the rerun election in Essien Udim Local Government of Akwa Ibom State slated for Saturday.
The PDP issued a statement through its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan.
“We already have intelligence on how a serving minister on President Muhammadu Buhari’s cabinet has allegedly compromised a Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Police to deploy policemen to invade the local government, unleash unbridle violence and manipulate the electoral process in favour of the APC." HR added that, "The said DIG allegedly promised the minister that with proper funding he will do the same thing that was done in Bayelsa in favour of the APC during the November 17, 2019 governorship election," the statement read.
The PDP revealed that as part of the strategy, the DIG reportedly promised to deploy a more senior police commissioner than the one in Akwa Ibom State to take charge of the command of policemen posted for the election in the local government area. And that when that senior police commissioner comes even the State Police Commissioner will be under his command.
“The plot, which is being heavily funded by the serving minister, also seeks to transfer the State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Mr Mike Iginni and replace him with a pliable and already compromised official," he said.
He further added that the alleged plan is to be carried out despite a subsisting order issued by the FCT High Court restraining the redeployment of Mr Mike Igini from Akwa Ibom State pending the determination of the case which is still pending.
Therefore the PDP called on Nigerians to note the desperation of the "serving minister" to throw Akwa Ibom State into a needless crisis because he has realized that the people at the grassroot have rejected the APC and that there is no way the APC can win in any free, fair and credible election.
It therefore warned that “Any attempt by the APC to invade the local government to rig this election will indeed attract dire consequences.”
Meanwhile, the party called on the intervention of the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to avert an imminent crisis by immediately reining in his DIG from going ahead with this ignoble mission.
The party added that the police will be held responsible for any death or mayhem arising from this re-run election in Akwa Ibom State.