By Olayinka Ajayi with Agency Reports
The Peoples Democratic Party has accused the ruling All Progressives Congress of being involved in plans to destroy the PDP through arresting its key members and conduct of a parallel National Convention on December 9.
In a statement issued on Friday by its spokesperson, Dayo Adeyeye, the party alleged that the APC had postponed its own convention so as to monitor and sabotage that of the PDP.
“We are not completely oblivious of the plans by the APC to sabotage our convention. Apart from the internal fighting within the APC, one of the reasons why the party postponed its National Convention to next year was to enable it to monitor closely our convention with a view to destabilizing our party ahead of the 2019 General Elections.
“The planned parallel convention is one of those ideas of the APC to create divisions amongst members of our party.
“It will be most unfortunate for members of our party to allow themselves to be used against the party especially in the light of our recent painful experience.”
“The National Caretaker Committee is willing and ready to address all the concerns of our party members regarding the forthcoming National Convention. Members should take advantage of our open door policy to ventilate their opinions, concerns and grievances.
“We will not give room to anybody to find any excuse to sabotage the convention. We realise of course that there is little we can do to dissuade those who have decided to become paid agents of the ruling party.
According to Mr. Adeyeye, the arrest of former Senate President and Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Pius Anyim, and a former Governor of Taraba State, Abubakar Danladi, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission was orchestrated to run down the PDP.
“Part of the agenda of the APC to sabotage our convention and destabilise our party is the arrest of leaders of our party on trump-up charges of corruption.