The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan in a statement alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari was planning to use the ‘Operation Python Dance’ also known as the Egwu Eke III, to intimidate voters and rig the 2019 presidential election.
The Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, had said that the nationwide military exercise was in preparation against anticipated security challenges before, during and after the 2019 general election and would begin January 1, 2019 and last till February 28.
According to Ologbondiyan, the APC presidential candidate was uncertain of winning the elections, hence the attempt to use the military.
“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 instill 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.
“Further investigation revealed that agents of the Buhari Presidency are working in cohort with some compromised top officials of the Prof. Mahmood Yakubu-led Independent National Electoral Commission to use soldiers to provide cover for diversion of electoral materials, as well as aid APC agents in their plan to unleash violence and disrupt the electoral process in areas where the PDP is winning.
“In spanning the military operation to February 28, 2019, the Buhari Presidency betrayed its anticipation of public rejection or violence, which can only come when a result that does not reflect the actual wish of the people is announced.”
According to him, Nigerians only want a peaceful, free and fair election, come 2019 and this move by the presidency would not ensure that because, damage is bound to occur whenever the civilian population clashes with military.
“Our nation is a democratic state and we are not in a state of emergency that requires the militarization of our electoral process. Our military, which is cherished by Nigerians, should, therefore, foreclose any attempt by the Buhari Presidency to use it to set our country on fire.”