Taraba Gov Raises Alarm Over Alleged Plot To Arrest PDP Chieftains
The governor of Taraba state, Mr. Darius Dickson Ishaku has raised alarm over plan by the ruling All Progressives Congress [APC] to arrest key members of the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] ahead of the governorship/House of Assembly election coming up on Saturday.
Governor Ishaku disclosed this in a statement on Friday in Jalingo, the Taraba State capital.
According to Mr. Ishaku, the plot was to effect their arrests before, during and after the elections.
The governor went as far as listing some local governments where the targeted arrests have been scheduled to take place.
See below the full text of a press briefing by the Taraba State Governor Darius Ishaku on plans to arrest PDP chieftains in Taraba State:
Gentlemen of the press, I wish to use this opportunity to draw the attention of security agencies in the country and the general public to some security issues concerning tomorrow’s Governorship and state house of Assembly elections in Taraba state.
I am reliably informed of plans to illegally arrest some prominent members of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, in Taraba state with the intention to facilitate the rigging of the elections of tomorrow.
Series of meetings have been held with the opposition leaders in the state, where these plans were perfected.
The plans also covered a strategy that will facilitate the rigging of elections in eighteen polling units and in nine local government areas of Taraba state.
The local governments targeted for this illegality are as follows, Northern senatorial zone, Jalingo LGA, Karim lamido LGA, Lau LGA, and in central senatorial zone, sardauna LGA, Bali LGA and kurmi LGA, southern senatorial zone, wukari LGA, Ibi LGA and Donga LGA.
The intention of this plot is to provoke violence to a magnitude that will undermine the credibility and outcome of the elections. Such a situation should not be allowed.
I am.therefore appealing to the security agencies not to abandon their constitutional role in order to please vested political interest.
However, I held a meeting with heads of security agencies in the state this morning, and we were assured by them, that they will provide adequate security support for a free fair and credible elections tomorrow.
We believe them because they did that in the last presidential and National assembly elections which were peaceful.
I also wish to appeal to the good people Taraba state, to remain vigilant, peaceful, and protect their votes, throughout the elections.
You all displayed exemplary peaceful conduct during the presidential and national assembly elections two weeks ago, I ask for a repeat display of that maturity in the present elections.
Thank you all.
Darius Dickson Ishaku
Taraba state Governor”