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Ondo Poll: CNPP Urges Buhari to Caution APC Against Violence

The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties(CNPP) in Ondo state on Tuesday alerted President Muhammadu Buhari, Security agencies and other stakeholders on the violence being allegedly perpetrated by the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) against opposition party members ahead of October 10 governorship poll.

At a news conference in Akure, the state capital, leaders of various political parties numbering 35, except APC warned against attack of their members, stressing that no one has the monopoly of violence.

A speech titled:” Preventing another hemorrhage”, read by the CNPP Chairman, Rotimi Boboye, said, “as we approach the 2020 election, we members of the CNPP, in Ondo State have observed the recourse to violence, intimidation and subterfuge by officials of the APC’s government in Ondo State.

“This dangerous development was manifested in the recent local government election largely boycotted by many political parties while a few of our members participated.

“In the said sham of an election, not only were candidates of participating parties intimidated, harassed and violently assaulted, voters were disenfranchised and figures concocted to meet the pre-planned agenda of the desperate APC government.

“Rather than abate, such violence have taken new dimensions with meetings of political parties being invaded by known thugs/members of the APC, their cronies and agents”

The conference noted that the repeated violence may not be unconnected with the “well articulated, though sinister position expressed by the defeated APC Aspirant, Isaac Kekemeke, a self confessed militant, who not only boasted of being in possession of high calibre arms, but went ahead to name known harbingers of violence that are to be recruited to cause mayhem from within and without the State.

According to the group, the spread of violence across the state are confirmed incidences of battered heads, broken limbs and bruised bodies which aligned with the ‘strategy’ openly canvassed by Kekemeke, which is yet to be condemned by his party, APC.

CNPP said, “These have also been followed with illegal arrests, dehumanising treatment and detention of members of the opposition parties by police and military officers. This is a dress rehearsal to show the ‘preparedness” of the ‘warmongers’ to let loose violence on the opposition and voters in the state.

“These developments was synonymous to the political activities that led to the truncation of the first and second republics, which we are sure no right thinking Nigerian would be at peace seeing similar things unfolding in the run up to the 2020 election in our state.

“We as students of history know that our state was allowed to wage war in 1983 and some of its finest citizens killed in politically-induced violence. We are not ready and so will not be tolerant of any attempt to repeat such needless and unconscionable violence in the name of politics”.

The conference maintained that the the only way to avoid a sad repeat of the events is to arrest the descent into anarchy that current trend portend.

It therefore called on President Buhari, the armed forces, Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Inspector General of Police and all the service chiefs, particularly the Director of State Services to take immediate steps to discourage the legitimisation of violence and the destruction of our fledgling democracy.

CNPP said the citizenry expect nothing but professionalism and demonstrable fairness from the police and indeed all the security agencies, stressing that the minimum request is that all agencies to be involved in the forthcoming polls should display neutrality and fairness to all.

The statement stressed that “While we are aware of clandestine plans to arrest and detain effective and active opposition politicians across the state on trumped up accusations before the election, only to release them after the polls, we warn that such could only heighten tension which may result to public tumult.

“We as members of the CNPP have resolved to conduct ourselves in the most civil and most decorous manner in the forthcoming election but will not watch the present government and party throw our dear state into unpredictable darkness.

The group displayed recorded evidences of violence, brigandage and election manipulation in the State for prompt information and action by concerned agencies.


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