A pro-democracy group has called for the arrest of the national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Uche Secondus. The National Democratic Front urged the Nigeria Police and the State Security Services to arrest Secondus over remarks that if the 2019 presidential election is rigged by the All Progressives Congress (APC) there would be war. A statement signed by the secretary general of the NDF, Bolaji Abdukadir, alleged that the desperation for power by the PDP has taken an awkward direction. He said the threat posed by the PDP chairman simply means that he expects that his party must be announced the winner of the election even when it loses. Abdukadir said such threat from Secondus is not justifiable under any circumstances in a country where there are laws. He said: “It will however seem that the PDP with its officials and chieftains are resolute on doing everything to undermine the elections, degrade their credibility even before they are conducted and reject results that they are already projected to lose. They see shadows behind every wall and have become pathetically hysterical to the point of handing the country over to foreigners.
“This hysteria on the part of the PDP and its mercenaries has put the entire country on edge with the constant sabre rattling over the election while creating the impression that it has to be a war situation of a do or die affair when the entire process is in reality about citizens exercising their right to decide who leads them. The PDP is aware of its low acceptability among Nigerian voters because of its record of wasted opportunities so it has now resorted to threats to force itself on the country. “Constantly creating the impression that the general elections would be rigged in favour of the ruling party has therefore become the stock in trade of the PDP to the extent that not even its members take the party seriously anymore hence the ill-advised strategy of threatening war against the country. It has previously been reported Secondus had said there will be war in the nation if 2019 presidential election is rigged.
Secondus said this in Asaba, the state capital of Delta, on Thursday, January 31, accusing the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government of trying to influence the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to rig the election in its favour. “Today by your mandate, we warn INEC and we believe that there are good people in INEC. We know that government is pressurising INEC to rig this election but if they rig this election, na war them they look for. So if they want peace, make them no rig the election.