The Peoples Democratic Party has rejected the commencement of a nationwide military exercise, called Operation Python Dance. The Chief of Army Staff, Lt Gen Tukur Buratai, had said the military exercise which would commence from January 1, 2019 and last till February 28 was in preparation against security challenges anticipated before, during and after the 2019 general election.
But the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan in a statement issued today alleged that President Muhammadu Buhari is plotting to use the planned nationwide ‘Operation Python Dance’ to legitimize his administration’s alleged ploy of using the military to intimidate voters and rig the 2019 presidential election.
He stated that Buhari planned to use the military having realized that he cannot win in a free and fair poll. According to him, the plot is in line with the alleged desperation of the Buhari Presidency to foist a siege mentality on the nation ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Ologbondiyan stated that everybody in Nigeria and world over, including the Presidency, knew the direction the 2019 presidential election tide is flowing. He added that Nigerians are eager for a new president, having lost confidence in Buhari, due to his alleged failures in governance.
According to him, all that Nigerians desire at this point is to go to the polls and peacefully elect a new President to reposition the nation and not another round of electoral crisis.