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Group rejects militarisation, Frank accuses APC of plot to rig with fake soldiers


The Taraba Volunteer Group (TVG) has raised the alarm on the presence of a large number of soldiers in Taraba State ahead of next Saturday’s Presidential and National Assembly elections. It said the soldiers, who have manned earlier dismantled checkpoints, were deployed to the state with the aim of rigging the elections in favour a major political party.

The group, which is affiliated to civil society organisation (CSOs), said the heavily armed military personnel are in every nook and corner of the state.

Its Coordinator, Joseph Terence, who briefed journalists in Jalingo yesterday, said the development was an arrangement for rigging the elections in fulfillment of threats and requests made by All Progressives Congress (APC) leaders recently. “The deployment of soldiers is in fulfillment of the request and plot to forcefully take over Taraba State for the APC and truncate the popular wishes of the people,” it said.

The group enjoined relevant security authorities to checkmate military activities during the elections, as they were not constitutionally allowed to participate in the exercise.Terence, however, added that the people of Taraba would resist any attempts to rig the election in favour of any person or political party using military personnel.

However, former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of APC, Timi Frank, has alleged that the ruling party plans to deploy fake military personnel to assist in rigging the polls in opposition strongholds across the country. Frank in a statement claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari and APC leadership had endorsed the plan and it would be thoroughly executed on elections day.He further claimed that Niger Delta militants, who would camouflage as army personnel would be deployed to intimidate voters all over the country on Saturday, with the aim of killing anybody who resists their plan and tag them election riggers. He, however, called on the international community to continue monitoring political developments in the country.

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