By Paul Oke, Abuja.
The main opposition party in Nigeria, PDP, has raised alarm over plots by certain interests recruited by All Progressives Congres, APC, to use frivolous lawsuit to scuttle the September 19 Edo state governorship election.
According to the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, the groups who are masquerading through certain political groups are seeking to blackmail the judiciary and stampede the court to violate the clear provisions of the Electoral Act and illegally halt the Edo election.
Mr Ologbondiyan said Nigerians were already aware that the Electoral Act, clearly prohibits the courts from restraining the conduct of party primaries and general elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
The National Publicity Secretary said the aim of the APC was to use the political groups to drag in the judiciary and trigger constitutional crisis in Edo state, the Niger Delta region and the nation at large and blame it on the court.
He said that the PDP stands with the people of Edo state in condemning the plot by the certain interests to derail the democratic order, scuttle the governorship election, create an emergency situation, forcefully seize power and foist an undemocratic and oppressive regime in Edo state.
The People’s Democratic party cautioned the unpatriotic groups to note that the people of Edo state were ready to go to the poll on September 19 and would vehemently resist any attempt by anybody to tamper with the schedule of election or attempt a forceful takeover of their state.