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PDP urges security agents to persecute suspects who burnt party buses in Jos

2015-01-12 20:37
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan attends the pdp rally, at the Tafawa Balewa Square in Lagos, Nigeria. (Sunday Alamba, AP) ~ Sunday Alamba

Lafia - Mr John Mathew, the running mate to Nasarawa State PDP gubernatorial candidate, on Monday urged security agents to do everything humanly possible to arrest and prosecute hoodlums that burnt down two PDP buses in Jos.

Mathew, who made the call in an interview with News Agency of Nigeria (NAN), said this would serve as a deterrent to others who might want to perpetrate such acts.

He said the recent incident in Jos where hoodlums burnt down vehicles crested with President Goodluck Jonathan's posters was a wake-up call for security agencies ahead of next month's general elections.

The PDP chieftain expressed regret at the level of ignorance and intolerance pervading the political system in the country.

He called for concerted efforts on education of voters and party supporters.

He said that no amount of intimidation or arson would deter the PDP from returning President Goodluck Jonathan in next month's general election.

Also read: Aggrieved PDP members burn down Jonathan's campaign office

While noting that clashes of interest were a normal occurrence in politics, he stressed that the Jos incident was a wake up call for security agencies to ensure proper monitoring of activities of politicians, political parties and their supporters.

"If anybody believes that the elections would go on without incidences like this, I would say we are being over optimistic.''

However, I think this is a call for the security forces to be more alert in monitoring the activities of those who are bent on causing trouble ahead of this year's elections."

He adduced reasons for the incident to fear by the opposition party and an attempt to intimidate the PDP through arson and threats.

"We know that the opposition parties are already afraid of the defeat that is awaiting them in the February elections .

"They are already jittery that the PDP government under the leadership of President Goodluck Jonathan has performed so creditably that no meaningful alternative exists as at today to change the status quo," he said.

He assured that "the PDP will win next month's election and no amount of intimidation, arson, threat would stop the electorate from returning the PDP to government".

"However, these isolated cases would continue to happen and we pray that they are limited and we also pray that the security agencies are alive to their responsibilities in curtailing them in their embryonic stages." 

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