Presidency accused of staging rigging plot ahead of Kogi polls

By Sanni Muhammed November 16, 2015 14:50

Presidency accused of staging rigging plot ahead of Kogi polls

A breakdown of security has occurred in Kogi State has seen insecurity and political bloodshed heighten ahead of the November 21 gubernatorial election and the Presidency has become embroiled in accusations of a plot to rig the polls in favour of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Candidate, Audu Abubakar.

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, revealed what it said were details of a secret meeting between the Presidency, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and top security forces.

In a press statement from the Kogi State PDP support group, the APC was accused of marshalling out plans in cahoots with the Department of State Security, DSS, and Police, to throw the state into chaos.

      “The name of the game is now intimidation and harassment. It beats the imagination of Kogi people; it is also insulting to our psyche that a man who had unique chance to lift Kogi State from penury but did the reverse will have impetus to seek to be governor by naked force.

“The whereabouts of Alhaji Adamu Enafe remains unknown yet the Department of State Security pretends to have Kogi State fully secured.

“If a prominent citizen as Alhaji Enafe can disappear into thin air without trace, we then can conclude that tons of ordinary citizens in Kogi State will equally disappear in the coming days with no one answering for their whereabouts.”

“Prince Audu Abubakar who ordinarily should be assisting in unraveling the puzzles of the extra judicial murders that have happened since his declaration to seek election as governor is suddenly a political rockster gallivanting in company of heavily armed, hood wearing unknown gunmen posing as secret agents.

“These gunmen certainly have knowledge of what led to the killing of Jeremiah Abu by one of their own in Ofu. Perhaps, they are justification that a strike force of killers truly exists somewhere in Kogi State.”

“Will there be fair play in the coming elections? Will there be a level playing field? Will the INEC stay neutral? Will the security agents be apolitical?”

Reacting to these allegations, Buhari’s Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu stated that despite the non-attendance of political parties, especially the PDP, the clandestine meeting between the president, INEC and security agencies the meeting was short and straight to the point. It ended after five minutes.

      “The President called the meeting cited by the PDP to warn in particular the INEC and the police, to prepare to give the nation a credible election. He said he expected nothing short of a free, fair and credible election.

“He said he had suffered election manipulation in 2003, 2007 and 2011 and would not like to have any Nigerian go through that again.

“He also warned against the intimidation of voters in any way and vowed that he was prepared to move with all the forces available to him against anyone who undermines the rights of any citizen.

“The meeting was short and straight to the point. It ended after five minutes.”

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