The Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, has come under heavy attack after his earlier comment that foreigners who interfere in the affairs of Nigeria, would leave the country in ‘dead’ body bags.
Reacting to this development, the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Wednesday, called on the international community, to impose a travel ban on the Governor.
In the statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary and Director of Media/Publicity, Kola Ologbodiyan, and shared on their verified Twitter handle, the PDP said: “We call on the international community to immediately impose a travel ban on El-Rufai, for this inciting comment against peaceful elections in our country.
“Nigerians are still in a shock over comments by the Governor of Kaduna State, El-Rufai, who declared on National TV, that members of the global democratic institutions that are working for a peaceful elections in Nigeria, will return to their countries in body bags. What a threat?
“We therefore, call on the National Peace Committee, to immediately summon El-Rufai on his inflammatory remarks against peaceful elections in our country.”
The statement added that the party would also be reconsidering its signatory to the Peace Accord, which was signed by President Muhammadu Buhari of the APC, Atiku Abubakar of the PDP, and 5 other Presidential candidates.
“After due consideration of comments, threats, and incendiary actions by the APC and Muhammadu Buhari, which are directly inimical to a peaceful, free, and fair elections, the PDP is left with no option than to consider a review of its signatory in the National Peace Accord.”
The PDP also kicked against the decision of the police to redeploy Kayode Egbetokun, a police commissioner, to Kwara state.
Ibrahim Idris, former inspector-general of police, had directed Egbetokun to take over Lagos police command but Mohammed Adamu, the acting IGP reversed the appointment less than 24 hours after taking control of the force.
The opposition party said as a former chief security office (CSO to Bola Tinubu, a national leader of the APC, Egbetokun will be protecting the interest of the ruling party in Kwara where Senate President Bukola Saraki is from.
“Also of particular note is the plot to redeploy, a former Chief Security Officer to APC leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, CP Kayode Egbetokun, as Kwara state Commissioner of Police, where he has been handed the instruction to incite the people, cause pandemonium and pave the way for outright rigging in favour of President Buhari and all other candidates on the platform of APC,” the statement read.
“This is in line with plans by the Buhari Presidency and the APC to effect a mass deployment of top security officers, particularly the police, to intimidate, harass and manhandle Nigerians that will not support the self-succession bid of President Muhammadu Buhari as well as aiding APC thugs to snatch ballot boxes and orchestrate violence in the elections.
“Nigerians are aware of how CP Kayode Egbetokun was posted to Lagos state by the disgraced former Inspector General of Police, Idris Ibrahim, to serve the same partisan interest and how that posting was stopped by the new IGP Adamu Mohammed. Now, he is being redeployed to Kwara state for the same ignoble plot.
“It is necessary to state that the PDP is a party of peace and we are committed to the peace accord. However, the deployment of the Kayode Egbetokun as Kwara CP directly negates the principle of the Peace Accord and can only hurt the fragile peace that currently exists in Kwara state.
“We wish to remind the acting Inspector General, Adamu Mohammed that his acceptability among Nigerians across party line was based on the pedigree, which was presented to Nigerians before his appointment.”
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