CAN Speaks Over Plans To Disrupt Taraba’s Gubernatorial Election

Taraba State chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has expressed concern over an alleged plan to disrupt the gubernatorial and state Houses of Assembly elections slated for Saturday.The plot, which CAN said was being hatched by a group suspected to be loyalists of a major political party, would be executed in Christians dominated areas. Briefing journalists yesterday at its secretariat along Federal Government Girls College (FGCC) Road in Jalingo, state CAN Chairman, Reverend Innocent Solomon, said the group planned to cause chaos in the state that would subsequently lead to declaring the exercise inconclusive.

“The group also plans to set PDP Secretariat ablaze and destroy INEC Office during collation of results,” he said.He further alleged that the group had perfected plans to manipulate the governorship results in favour of a particular political party, adding that they have also agreed that failure by INEC officials to comply or cooperate, would lead to destruction of its office. Condemning the violence in Jalingo after the announcement of the presidential results by APC supporters, he urged security agencies in the state to “carefully interrogate the plan towards disrupting the peace in Taraba during the governorship and State House of Assembly elections.”When contacted, Police Public Relations Officer (PPRO), David Misal said the Commissioner of Police (CP) traveled to Port Harcourt on an officer assignment, but denied the allegation, which he insisted was not true.Besides, the Independent National Electoral Commissioner (INEC) has disclosed that no fewer than 184,678 voters will participate in Saturday’s supplementary elections in two federal constituencies and one Senatorial district where elections were declared inconclusive in Imo State. The election will be held along with the governorship and House of Assembly elections on Saturday, March 9.Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Francis Chukwuemeka Ezeonu, who disclosed this at a media briefing in Owerri yesterday, said the polls will be conducted in 149 polling units of Ehime Mbano/Ihitte Uboma federal constituency; 153 polling units of Isiala Mbano federal constituency and 302 polling units of Imo North Senatorial district.This follows as reactions continue to trail the declaration PDP’s candidate, Jerry Alagbaso, as winner of Osu-Oru East-Orlu Federal Constituency election of February 23, 2019. Meanwhile, INEC in Anambra State has fixed the supplementary election in 27 polling units of Obosi, Idemili North Local Government Area of Idemili Federal Constituency for Saturday, March 9, 2019.Making this known in Awka yesterday, the state REC, Dr. Nkwachukwu Orji, said the supplementary elections were part of rescheduled elections approved at a meeting with INEC Chairman, Professor Mahmood Yakubu in Abuja last week.

The Guardian

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