Dr Shehu Chindo-Yamusa, the Emir of Keffi in Nasarawa state, has urged security agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to remain apolitical ahead of the 2019 poll.
The monarch made the remark on Thursday in Lafia, while addressing participants at the Security Summit organised by the state command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC).
He stressed the need for security agencies in the country to re-orientate their personnel on the management of electoral violence with a view to improving security during and after the election.
He urged security agencies to monitor activities of political parties to guard against hate speech and other incisive tendencies capable of igniting violence before, during and after the poll.
He also urged INEC to ensure level playing field for all political parties towards achieving a peaceful and a credible democratic process, adding that as electoral umpire, any untoward disposition by the commission could mar the process and set the tone for violence.
The Royal Father also advised traditional and religious leaders to support INEC in the crusade for against electoral violence in 2019.
Speaking at the event, Dr Abdulrahman Ajidagba, INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) in the state, said the commission was working assiduously towards conducting free, fair and credible poll in 2019.
Ajidagba expressed optimism that given the preparation so far, the 2019 election would be an improvement over the 2015 poll.
He however, stressed the need for all stakeholders to take responsibility and play by the rules in order to have a successful and credible election devoid of violence in 2019.
Earlier, Mr Mahmoud Fari, the state NSCDC Commandant said the essence of the summit was for stakeholders, especially security agencies to synergise and fine tune arrangements towards a peaceful 2019 election.
He maintained that the task of protecting lives and property was a collective responsibility involving the traditional institution, civil society organisations, religious bodies, as well as women and youth groups
How APC hired an Israeli based firm for elections – Frank
Comrade Timi Frank, former assistant National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressive Congress (APC), applauded a press release by a U.S based agency – the Digital Forensic Research Laboratory of the Atlantic Council.
The US firm had revealed ‘Archimedes’, a political consultant firm in Isreal role in spreading fake news through the social media about PDP Presidential Candidate – Atiku Abubakar.
Facebook expelled Archimedes from the network on Thursday due to its “coordinated and deceptive behavior”. The popular network also removed dozens of accounts and thousands of facebook pages that are created to disrupt elections in Countries in Africa, with a few sparse exercise in East asia and South America.
In response to the ban, Mr Frank, through a comment on Saturday, said the world would eventually realize all the lies behind Gen. Muhammadu Buhari’s proclamation as the victor during the last election.
One of pages removed by Facebook on Thursday, as revealed by Frank, was loaded with viral false news and targeted attacks on Abubakar, Nigeria’s former vice president.
According to Timi Frank, the report reads:
“that on the overall, the misleading accounts had reached some 2.8 million users, and the pages had engaged over 5,000 followers, according to Facebook’s estimates.”
After praising Facebook, He went on further to say:
“Nigerians ought to be worried about how the APC-led government is spending huge amount of money just to discredit the rightful winner of the 2019 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar.
“I believe that if a lie goes on for 20 years, truth will definitely catchup with it one day. It will not be long before Nigerians will realise how desperate and fake President Muhammadu Buhari is in his bid to hang onto power.”
The political nationalist called on the rest of the world to acknowledge the press release of the Associated Press as well as the resulting damage accomplished in the last election to Nigeria’s second largest party and its presidential nominee.
“The AP’s report has clearly shown the level of lies sponsored against Atiku during and after the last general election. The campaign of calumny has not stopped but Nigerians should henceforth disregard malicious reports in the social media against the former VP,”
Atiku and PDP are planning coup against president Buhari – Presidency
The Presidency raises fresh call that the Peeople’s Democratic Party (PDP) and it’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, were working to make Nigeria unmanageable coupled with the aim of ousting the President, Muhammadu Buhari.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, some days ago have alleged the PDP and former Vice President for plotting a coup. The Minister reiterated his stance at in his home state during the 2019 Edition of the Annual Ramadan Lecture held at Oro, Kwara State, declared that they were trying “reverse” democracy.
He alleged them of trying to heat up the polity so as to undermine the government of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). While he call on all Muslim Faithful to use this period of Ramadan in prayer for the country against the wiles of evil schemers.
He said: “This is the Holy month of Ramadan, and Muslim Faithful all over the world observe it with fasting, prayers, self-purification, renewed focus on religion and sense of community.
“It is therefore appropriate to use this occasion to call on all Nigerians to pray for our dear country, to pray for peace and unity.
“I make this request against the background of those who are daily plotting to exploit our national fault lines of religion and ethnicity, those who masquerade as democrats but can’t take electoral defeat, those who will not hesitate to collude with anti-democratic forces and dead enders to fan the embers of violence in the country and those who have elevated their personal ambition over and above our survival as a nation.
“As you are aware, a few days ago we raised the alarm that either by themselves or via their proxies, the PDP and it’s presidential candidate are doing everything possible to sabotage the Buhari Administration, generally overheat the polity and make Nigeria seemingly ungovernable.
“Of course you are aware of similar alarms that have been raised by the police, the military and the DSS.
“Since our intervention, pseudo and partisan analysts have teamed up with the spokesmen for the main opposition party and its presidential candidate to either exhibit their ignorance or to engage in red herring and name calling. We are neither distracted nor dissuaded.
“Our interventions are based on credible evidence, and no government with the kind of evidence that we have, of plans to subvert the power of the state, attack the nation’s economic live wire and generally unleash mayhem on the polity, will keep quiet.
“The security agencies are all alert to their responsibilities and will not sit by and allow anyone to reverse the gains of our democracy under any guise.
“I want to end my speech by thanking all Nigerians for their support and prayers for the Buhari Administration, and to urge them not to relent, especially in the run up to the May 29th inauguration of Mr President.”
The PDP presidential candidate in the recently concluded election said the accusation levelled against him was a plot to send him to jail. He said Lai Mohammed was known as a serial liar and his act wasn’t put to a halt even in this month of Ramadan.
He said, “My attention has been drawn to accusations by the Muhammadu Buhari led administration against the candidate of the Presidential Peoples Democratic Party in the 2019 elections and former vice president of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, alleging that he has made treasonable statements.
“It is not surprising that such a despicable lie is emanating from Mr. Lai Mohammed, President Buhari’s aptly named minister of information. Lai Mohammed is so associated with lies that even Vice President Yemi Osinbajo said, on Monday, May 13, 2019, as follows:
“People like Lai Mohammed, Abba Kyari, Adamu Adamu they are usually very well behaved during the Ramadan. But I’m not even sure that that is true anymore. “When we have a situation where even those who employed him know that Lai Mohammed is a liar, who will even lie during the holy month of Ramadan, then why should Nigerians be surprised at this latest lie?”
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