The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has charged the Nigerian military to face its constitutional duties of defending the nation against insurgency group like Boko Haram instead of aiding the All Progressives Congress (APC) in rigging election.
The acting National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus, while addressing newsmen in his Abuja office stressed that Nigeria’s constitution has no room for military participation in politics.
He further noted that if the military must participate in politics, the constitution must be amended, adding that the Bayelsa State governorship election should not be manipulated like that of Kogi State.
Secondus alleged that the military wanted to rig the election in the Southern Ijaw Local Government Area of Bayelsa State in favour of the APC governorship candidate.
According to Secondus, security agents came with armoured vehicles, harassed and intimidated people of Southern Ijaw Local Government during the polls.
“The report that we got from Southern Ijaw was indeed alarming and discouraging. We were told that security agencies came with armoured cars, harassed and intimidated the people.
“We want to appeal to the army to face the military job and avoid anything that can brew crisis to Nigeria; we have enough to battle,” Secondus advised.
He stressed that Southern Ijaw Local Government has been a PDP threshold since 1999, adding that no magic can change it overnight.
He said: “The election has been won already and the governor and the good people of Bayelsa State have spoken,” and advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the security agencies to respect the will of the people.
“Nigeria today is faced with several challenges: the Boko Haram in Northeast, the challenge of Biafra, the separatist group in the South-east.
“My advise to the APC-led government is that they must not do anything that will truncate our democracy.
“Terrorism, insecurity in our land, we have had enough. The president needs peace in all the zones to be able to rule.
“We should give peace a chance; the media must also help to find the truth. We should not destroy Nigeria with propaganda.
“We advise the security agencies especially the military to know that they are Nigerian soldiers, Nigerian Army not APC army. They must not play partisan at this levels.
“Their duty is to protect the territorial integrity of Nigeria and must be so guided. They are to protect all of us whether APC of PDP. They must not be involved in politics.
On the Kogi election, Secondus said the PDP is already in court challenging the declaration of Yahaya Bello of the APC as Kogi State Governor Elect.
“We believe that in Kogi the judiciary will rise to the occasion and address the matter and deliver justice to our people in Kogi State.
“We will get justice there for the rule of law to take place over what happened in Kogi,” Secondus said.
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