By Biola Adebayo
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday accused President Muhammadu Buhari of planning to derail the electoral process and throw the nation into political crisis.
The PDP in a reaction to a statement credited to the president’s threat to those planning to hijack ballot boxes and disrupt the elections rejected the order.
President Muhammadu Buhari had at a caucus meeting of APC leaders in Abuja on Monday, Buhari said: “Anybody who decides to snatch ballot boxes or lead thugs to disturb the election, maybe that would be the last unlawful action he would take… I have directed the police and the military to be ruthless.”
A statement issued by PDP Spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, said Buhari resorted to threat having realised that he would lose the election.
“President Muhammadu Buhari’s threat to the lives of Nigerians at the opening of APC’s national caucus meeting in Abuja today is a direct call for jungle justice and attempt to divert public attention from their closed session where details of their dastardly plot to truncate our democratic process will be perfected,” he said.
Ologbondiyan similarly accused Buhari of pressuring the electoral commission to cancel elections in some states so as to achieve a staggered election.