The All Progressives Congress(APC) has warned the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) and President Goodluck Jonathan that, “any attempt to replicate the infamy of Rtd. General Ibrahim Babangida’s annulment of the June 12, 1993 election victory of M.K.O Abiola come March 28, 2015 will be the worst crime by any president or political party against the peoples of the African continent.
“The consequences could be more disastrous than Rwanda and Cote ‘de Voire put together and much more difficult for the combined forces of ECOWAS, the African Union and the United Nations to manage.
“It could consume our faltering democracy, enflame Nigeria and put the lives of millions of people in the country and outside Nigeria at the greatest risk never before known in the African continent.”
These were the grave warnings contained in a press statement issued by the Directorate of Publicity, Strategy & Research of APC in Osun State signed by its director, Barr. Kunle Oyatomi and made available to journalists in Osogbo.
According to the party, “current events leading up to the rescheduled March 28 presidential election bear such graphically similar hallmarks of the June 12 annulment tragedy, that only those who have PDP sympathies would not see the clear dangers ahead,” the APC claimed.
“The names of the people in the Young Democratic Party (YDP) involved in the current events sound similar to those who got court orders that provided the basis for Babangida to annul June 12, 1993 Presidential election.
In 1993, the Association of Better Nigeria (ABN) was in league with Babangida’s military government to scuttle the election. Today the YDP is in league with the ruling PDP to scuttle the March 28, 2015 Presidential election.
NEC was ambushed in 1993. Today, landmines are being set for INEC to smash the almost obvious presidential election result of March 28. It took all of seven years and the deaths of thousands of Nigerians, including both Abacha and M.K.O Abiola before the crisis of 1993 annulment was settled.
“Nobody can tell when a similar crisis in 2015 would end or how many individuals, countries and institutions will lay in ruins by the time the impending calamity is finally brought under control,” the APC warned.
The party believed that INEC must act swiftly by appealing the ruling of the high court in Abuja which granted the injunctions and prayers sought by YPD that may virtually make March 28, and April 11, 2015 Presidential and general elections impossible.
According to the APC, INEC should not only apply for a stay of execution of those injunctions, it must appeal the court ruling for the commission to have a legal basis to proceed with the elections. “These are some of the lessons that June 12, 1993 annulment should have taught us,” the APC said.
The party therefore called on world leaders, especially those of ECOWAS and the African Union, “to do everything in their power to stop the PDP, its allies in the YDP and the pliable hands in the judiciary who are virtually toying with the possibility of an unprecedented calamity if June 12, 1993 is programmed to repeat itself in any form or shape in 2015.
“It is no longer a secret that those who are desperately seeking to scuttle the Presidential election of 2015 are the PDP and its allies,” the APC claimed and declared that “President Goodluck Jonathan cannot in good faith claim to be ignorant of this development.”
According to the APC, “Jonathan, the PDP and its allies should pull back from the brink, because this gathering hurricane will spare nobody, including themselves, when it hits landfall in the coming weeks and months”.