The Peoples Democratic Party says it has received information about a 'deadly' plan by the Plateau State government and the APC to train and arm thugs for the upcoming election.

The Plateau State chapter of the Party in a Statement on Monday said the State Governor, Simon Lalong "has no qualms about the use of thugs for political ends."

"As a matter of fact, on the 28th May, 2018, he specifically used the following words, “You need them because they will help you with elections when they are clearing places,”" the statement by its Campaign media unit says.

The statement signed by the Head of the unit, Yiljap Abraham described the move as "a recipè for disaster in a state that has for sometime been traumatised by wanton killings and displacement of many communities."

The Party regretted that the government's priority in using the youth is to "recruit, train, retain and deploy squads of thugs" rather than empower them to be society builders and peace makers.

This 'borrowed' concept, the Party said is 'totally' unacceptable and retrogressive in a Plateau that is 'intensely' hungry for development.

It in the statement called citizens in the state to "interrogate, speak out, roundly condemn and reject any foreign element being imported that is inimical to the progress and security of the State."

New dates for zonal rallies

Meanwhile the PDP in the state has rescheduled its zonal rallies.
The decision was reached at a meeting on Monday called to enhance the quality of campaigns toward the general election.

Details of the schedules are as follows:

1. Southern Zone
Date: Thursday, January 24, 2019
Venue: Shendam

2. Central Zone
Date: Friday, January 25, 2019
Venue: Pankshin

3. Northern Zone
Date: Monday, January 28, 2019
Venue: Jos South Local Government Area.