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Fresh calls to probe army involvement in Ekiti poll

2015-02-12 09:01
Supporters ride in a campaign bus of leading opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari and his running mate Yemi Osinbajo as they drive past a campaign poster of Nigerian President and candidate to his re-elect ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI

Abuja - The All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on members of National Assembly to investigate the role allegedly played by some military officers in the 2014 governorship election in Ekiti State.

The party, through it National Publicity Secretary Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said the lawmakers should question everyone who allegedly featured in an audio tape recently published by some online media.

“We urge the National Assembly to launch a probe of the role that the military played in the Ekiti election because of the danger it portends for our democracy," APC's statement read.

"They must invite everyone who featured in that audio of shame to testify about the rigging of Ekiti poll, using the military."

APC said it remind the Presidency and the People's Democratic Party (PDP) that the military was a national institution.

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"It is far too important as a symbol of our national unity to be toyed with or dragged into partisan politics. We will also remind the military that its loyalty should be to the Federal Republic of Nigeria, not to any party or individual, whoever that person may be.”

The party again warned that the military should not be used for policing duties during elections.

“That role should be left for the police and the Civil Defence. Is it not curious that over 1 000 troops could be made available for election duty at a time the military was battling the Boko Haram insurgency in the North-east?”

The party also alleged the Jonathan Administration and the PDP had perfected the plot to again use the military to thwart the aspirations of Nigerians for a change that will usher in a purposeful government.

"Already, the Social Media is alight with information that the military is meeting in Kaduna with a view to working out the modalities to help the PDP at the polls," Lai said at a conference in Lagos.

"This sends the wrong signal to the polity as well as the international community about the role of the military in Nigeria's elections."

- CAJ News
Read more on: apc  |  ekiti state  |  politics  |  2015 election

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