By Kayode Olarewaju
The Peoples Democratic Party has said it was opposed to the commencement of a nationwide military exercise, Egwu Eke III otherwise called Python Dance.
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan in a statement on Saturday alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari was plotting to use the planned nationwide ‘Operation Python Dance’ to legitimise his administration’s alleged ploy of using the military to intimidate voters and rig the 2019 presidential election.
He said in the statement that Buhari planned to use the military having realised that he cannot win in a free and fair poll.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, had said on Friday that the military exercise which would commence from January 1, 2019 and last till February 28 was in preparation against security challenges anticipated before, during and after the 2019 general election.
He said the plot is in line with the alleged desperation of the Buhari Presidency to foist a siege mentality on the nation ahead of the 2019 general elections.
According to him “Our investigation shows that part of the plot is to use the military operation as a subterfuge to unleash heavy security presence to intimidate, harass and instil fear in voters in PDP strongholds across the country and pave the way for the allocation of fictitious votes to President Buhari and the APC.