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El-Rufai, APC Kaduna Warn Against Imposition Of Curfew After Elections



Mallam Nasir El-Rufai

AHEAD today’s Presidential election, the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship candidate in Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai and other candidates of the party yesterday, protested against an alleged plot to instigate violence and declare a curfew in order to tamper with results of the polls in the State.

El-Rufai, who addressed a press conference after a meeting with party stakeholders, also condemned the use of the military during the elections, saying that the supporters of APC would defy any attempt to impose any curfew declared by the State government during the elections in the state. He argued that “a historic moment beckons on Nigeria as we approach the 2015 elections,” saying that “our country stands poised delicately between breakthrough and breakdown, between the catharsis of renewal and the tragedy of hopelessness.

“Millions of Nigerians would be choosing renewal and hope, banishing fear and embracing the future. The question is whether they will not be obstructed in making this choice, and whether the choice would be respected once made. The conduct and utterances of the PDP leadership does not inspire confidence that they are committed to a credible electoral process,” he said. El- Rufai, who was former minister of Federal Capital Territory said:

“As regrettably demonstrated, government has no respect for the professionalism, dignity and integrity of the people in our military and security services. “To anchor rigging plans on using the personnel and material assets of these services amounts to using the institutions that should protect and secure the country as wreckers.

The lack of accountability for the Ekiti rigging fiasco, the absence of the redemptive possibility of remorse and the unwillingness to fully investigate, prosecute the key actors fill us with dread. “When such baleful conduct goes unpunished, it can only mean that it is the default modus operandi of the perpetrators. And that is not the sort of behavior that can produce a free, fair and credible election. That is why we are deeply worried by reports that the leaders of the security sector have jettisoned every appearance of impartiality for today’s presidential election.

Chatter in informed circles have it that General Kenneth Minimah has sworn to use the soldiers and equipment of the army to promote President Jonathan’s cause. That is both improper and illegal,” El-Rufai said.

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