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2019 ELECTIONS: PDP Reacts as Gov El-Rufai Threatens EU, US, UK, Others with Death

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted to the alleged death threats on foreign countries that dare intervene in Nigeria’s election matters.

The threat was said to have been issued by the Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai.
The party also frowned at alleged comments, threats and incendiary actions of the members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and threatened that it may reconsider withdrawing its signatory in the national peace accord if no action is urgently taken to curb the trend.

El-Rufai was said to have Tuesday night, when he spoke on a programme on the NTA anchored by Cyril Stober, described as “most irresponsible” the comments of the United States (US), the United Kingdom (UK), and the European Union (EU) on President Muhammadu Buhari’s suspension of the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Walter Onnoghen.

The opposition parties have continued to petition the international community, especially the UK, US and EU, alleging plots by President Buhari to compromise the coming general elections and asked them to intervene to ensure there is a free and fair poll in the country.

But El-Rufai at the NTA programme threatened, “Those that are calling for everyone to come and intervene in Nigeria, we are waiting for the person that will come and intervene. They will go back in body bags because nobody will come to Nigeria and tell us how to run our country.”
In its response therefore, the PDP called on the international community to immediately impose a travel ban on el-Rufai for the alleged threat.

It also called on the National Peace Committee (NPC) to immediately summon el-Rufai over his inflammatory remarks against peaceful elections in the country.
Kola Ologbondiyan, who stated this when he briefed newsmen on Wednesday said, “PDP hold that any situation that seeks to allow the APC to abuse the tenets of the accord will definitely force our party to review our signatory to the peace process.

“Nigerians are still in shock over comments by the Governor of Kaduna state, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai, who declared on a national television that members of the global democratic institutions that are working for a peaceful election in Nigeria will return to their countries in body bags. What a threat?”
Ologbondiyan also took exemptions to the recent redeployment of CP Kayode Egbetokun to Kwara State as police commissioner.

He said, “Also of particular note is the plot to redeploy a former Chief Security Officer to APC leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, CP Kayode Egbetokun, as Kwara state Commissioner of Police.

“CP Kayode Egbetokun was posted to Lagos state by the disgraced former Inspector General of Police, Idris Ibrahim, to serve the same partisan interest and how that posting was stopped by the new IGP Adamu Mohammed. Now, he is being redeployed to Kwara state for the same ignoble plot.

“It is necessary to state that the PDP is a party of peace and we are committed to the peace accord.
“However, the deployment of the Kayode Egbetokun as Kwara CP directly negates the principle of the Peace Accord and can only hurt the fragile peace that currently exists in Kwara State”.

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