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Plateau PDP Alleges Plan By The APC To Hire Thugs And Destroy Atiku’s Campaign Billboards

The Plateau State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has revealed alleged plans by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to recruit thugs to destroy its campaign materials.

According to the state PDP, it has gathered reliable information about plans to pull down billboards and flags of the Atiku/Mutfwang campaign in the state.

The party claimed the move was ahead of the APC flag-off of its presidential candidate Tinubu/Shettima presidential campaign in Jos, the state capital.

Naija News learnt that the Plateau PDP in a statement claimed that the mobilization of thugs to allegedly pull down all the party’s campaign billboards in the state was to give Tinubu the impression that the state belongs to APC.

The PDP recalled that the state’s governor Simon Lalong, who also doubles as the Director General of the APC Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), had over the weekend, inaugurated a local organizing committee ahead of the flag-off of the APC presidential campaign, clear instructions to demonstrate that the state is a dominant force in the APC.

On that premise, the party disclosed it has called the attention of the Independent National Electoral Commission, (INEC) and security agencies in the state to prevail on the APC to stop plans from such action.

The party said “Information available to us indicates that the Plateau State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, (APC), is mobilising political thugs to remove billboards and campaign materials belonging to the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), within Jos metropolis and the state at large.

“The premeditated act of violence, we understand, is intended to deceive the APC presidential candidate, Alhaji Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and his running mate, Alhaji Kashim Shettima, into believing that Plateau State belongs to the APC, when the duo and their supporters arrive Jos for the flag-off of their campaigns next week, on November 15.

“We also want to use this medium to call on the Department of State Services, DSS, Nigeria Police Force, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, NSCDC, Operation Safe Haven, and indeed all security formations in Plateau State, to investigate this early warning notification, and stop the APC from going through with the planned show of violence, political rascality and intolerance.

“We believe that the ongoing mobilisation of political thugs to wreak havoc on our campaign materials and infrastructure is one of the desperate moves the APC intends to use to demonstrate their hallucinatory dominance in Plateau State.

“Consequently, we are calling on INEC, security agencies, and indeed all stakeholders in the electoral process to prevail on the APC to be law-abiding, and to stop the fire before it grows to a raging inferno that would engulf the whole state.”

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