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PDP asks Buhari to summon NSC meeting over alleged Jagaban army

By Azimazi Momoh Jimoh, Abuja
23 January 2023   |   3:58 am
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to, as the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, protect the integrity of the Nigerian military as well as the sovereignty of the nation by summoning a meeting of the National Security Council (NSC).

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to, as the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, protect the integrity of the Nigerian military as well as the sovereignty of the nation by summoning a meeting of the National Security Council (NSC).

The party said the meeting of the NSC has become imperative because of what 8t called “the establishment of a parallel Army (Jagaban Army) by the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.”.

The opposition party which spoke through the Atiku/Okowa Campaign Organisation, in a statement through its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, said Nigerians are concerned that since the public outcry over the alleged Jagaban army and its intentions, no statement has been made by Tinubu.

“The APC and its Presidential Candidate intended to use the Jagaban army as a parallel Army, to undermine our national security, affront the Nigeria Army, cause confusion, disrupt the 2023 elections and derail our democratic process, neither the APC Campaign nor Asiwaju Tinubu has disowned the formation or its nefarious plans” Ologbondiyan alleged.

“This is even more worrisome in the face of undenied allegations in the public space that the Jagaban Army is training and arming thugs with dangerous weapons in secret locations across the country ostensibly to use the illegal formation to undermine Nigerian security forces and unleash mayhem on Nigerians during the elections” he added.

Ologbondiyan said it is worrisome that a political party can create a parallel Army and adorned them with uniforms as well as ranks within a sovereign State as if Nigeria has become Asiwaju Tinubu’s fiefdom.

“Furthermore, Nigerians are alarmed that the APC Presidential Candidate went to London to declare war on our nation by openly charging his party cohorts to take power at all costs, only for him to return to the country to have his campaign set up a parallel Army to undermine our national security in order to achieve his malevolent designs”

He said the expectation of Nigerians was that after Asiwaju Tinubu declared that “political power is not served in a restaurant, it is not served a la carte. It is what we are doing; It is being determined; you do it at all cost; fight for it, grab it, snatch it and run (away) with it”, the security authorities ought to have immediately taken him in for questioning for treasonable felony.

“This is not the first time that Asiwaju Tinubu has come out brazenly to undermine the sovereignty of our nation as well as the office and the person of President Muhammadu Buhari.

He recalled “how Asiwaju Tinubu went to the Presidential villa, undermine President Buhari by using the Presidential facility in the Seat of Power to announce his presidential interest. That, to say the least, was felonious.”

Heals drew attention to “how the APC Presidential Candidate has arrogantly continued to disrespect, disparage and undermine the person of the President and how he had publicly mocked and depicted President Buhari as weak and weeping over losses in presidential elections until, according to him, he (Tinubu) came to his rescue and made him (Buhari) President.”

“The import” according to Ologbondiyan, “is that Asiwaju Tinubu, believes that he cannot be subjected to President Buhari’s Constitutional powers and this accounts for his temerity to run a parallel Army; a treasonable act against the Office of the President and our national sovereignty”

“It is imperative to state that insurrectionary groups that unleashed mayhem and derailed democracy in many parts of the world all started with desperate power seekers who cannot gain office through democratic means.” The statement added.