APC Tasks Security Agencies On Persecution Of Thugs And Ballot Snatchers

The National Caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has urged security agencies to ensure that those involved in violence, ballot box snatching, and falsification of election results faced the full weight of the law.
This was part of resolutions reached at the end of the Caucus emergency meeting held at its National Secretariat on Monday in Abuja.

According to a communique issued and signed by Mr Adams Oshiomhole, the APC National Chairman, the Caucus also resolved that the Feb. 23 rescheduled Presidential and National Assembly elections must remain sacrosanct.

It added that issues of logistics and other foreseeable challenges experienced by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that prompted the postponement of the elections must be addressed to ensure that the elections does not suffer any hitch whatsoever.

“Notwithstanding the disappointment over the postponement, the Caucus urged all APC members across the country to rise above this temporary setback,” the communique said.

It expressed deep regrets over the unfortunate death of some of the party’s members due to stampede as a result of overwhelming crowds during the party’s presidential campaigns in some states of the federation.

It urged all APC members to immediately commence campaigns in line with the provisions of Section 99 (1) of the Electoral Act, which stated clearly that campaigns should stop 24 hours to the elections.

“Our party will therefore abide by the provisions of the law,” the communique said.

It, however, observed that the list of presiding officers in the States and Local Government Areas published by INEC prior to the aborted Feb. 16 elections contained names of mostly PDP card carrying members.

It, therefore, urged INEC to take steps to correct this anomaly to ensure fairness and credibility of the electoral process.

Army Vows To Deal With Anyone Trying To Disrupt Electoral Process

According to a statement signed by the Deputy Director of Army Public Relations, Colonel Aminu Iliyasu, on Tuesday, February 19, 2019, credible intelligence available to Headquarters 6 Division of the Army has uncovered a plan by some political actors to cause trouble in its area of responsibility in the Niger Delta area.

He said these political actors are planning to arm and sponsor miscreants in addition to using military-like fatigue dress for deception to cause pandemonium at polling stations for political gains.

The Army vowed to deal with anyone found to be involved in the plot to disrupt the electoral process.

While covert efforts are on-going to track the source of the weapons and the agents involved in conjunction with sister security agencies, authorities of 6 Division NA wish to unequivocally state that anyone found to be disrupting the electoral process under any guise will be decisively dealt with in accordance with the laws no matter how highly placed he or she is,” Col. Iliyasu said.

In the statement, the General Officer Commanding (GOC) 6 Division and Land Component Commander (LCC) OPDS Maj Gen Jamil Sarham reassured the people of the Niger Delta about providing adequate security in conjunction with other security agencies before, during and after the 2019 elections.

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