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Taraba Election: FG plans emergency rule

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TARABA ELECTION: The Coalition of United Political Parties on Thursday alleged that the Federal Government is working towards declaring a state of emergency in Taraba State.

It claimed that the government arrived at the decision because the ruling All Progresives Congress lost the March 9 governorship election in the state to the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party and incumbent governor, Darius Ishaku.

The coalition’s spokesman, Imo Ugochinyere, stated this in statement made available to journalists in Abuja.

Ugochinyere further claimed that police authotities had summoned the governor’s aide-de-camp to Abuja with a view to accusing and arresting him for allegedly arming militia.

He alleged that the government was deliberately encouraging violence in the state in order to achieve his aim of declaring an emergency rule.

He said, “The Coalition of United Political Parties has uncovered plans by the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government to ensure that a state of emergency is declared in Taraba State because of the party’s failure to win the state governorship election.

“We learnt on good authority that in order to achieve their aim, the APC is instigating ongoing religious killings being experienced in the state.

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“We have also discovered that the nation’s security forces are giving those behind the sponsored killings tacit support with their silence, hence their failure to quell the uprising.

“The security agencies are not doing much, rather they are trying to undermine the governor.

“Insiders have also informed us that the acting Inspector-General of Police is planning to arrest the aide-de-camp to the governor, hence his invitation to the police headquarters, Abuja.

“The strategy is to accuse him of arming and working with militia in a bid to get at the governor.

“APC leaders are clearly not happy that they lost the election and they are backing the killings and crisis to precipitate reprisal attacks from other religious groups which will lead to the declaration of state of emergency.”

“We therefore call on the APC to accept defeat and call off their members from ongoing instigation of religious violence in Taraba State.

“Let President Muhammadu Buhari halt the carnage in Taraba State for the good of all and avoid acts which will lead to abrupt end of this republic. A word is enough for the wise.”

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