John Alechenu, Abuja
The All Progressives Congress has appealed to Nigerians to rise up and resist attempts by desperate politicians and political parties to get to power through the use of illegal, undemocratic and sinister means, including violence to manipulate elections.
It said the call became necessary in the light of the recent seizure of a Nigerian-bound ship detained in South Africa for carrying illicit arms and explosives.
This was contained in a statement signed by its acting National Publicity Secretary, Mr Yekini Nabena, in Abuja, on Sunday.
The statement partly read, “This is a red-flag security agencies must note and be alert to as political activities heighten in the lead up to the coming elections.
“We invite the opposition to wake up to new realities where votes count and the people’s will prevail in all elections.
“We also call on all well-meaning Nigerians to support ongoing progressive efforts by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration to ensure that our elections are transparent, free, fair and credible.
“Finally, we call on the National Assembly to urgently do the needful by reconvening to consider and pass the 2019 election budget of the Independent National Electoral Commission. We condemn any attempt to weaken INEC ahead of the 2019 elections.”
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