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The National Chairman of People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Uche Secondus, has accused the Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai, of not willing to allow elections to hold in the state for fear of losing at the polls.
Uche Secondus made the accusation on Wednesday while addressing residents of Kaduna State at the Stakeholders Townhall Meeting with the PDP Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in Kaduna, capital of Kaduna State, monitored on national television by TnTv Network’s reporter.
Secondus stated that Governor El-Rufai, who is also the governorship candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has been busy jumping from Kaduna to Abuja to seek military intervention to stop elections in the state. The PDP’s chairman was apparently referring to the recent visit of El-Rufai to Abuja to attend an emergency security meeting between President Mohammadu Buhari and the nation’s security top brass at the state house. The meeting which also had in attendance three Northern governors was called to discuss the security situation in the region.
It will be recalled that Governor Nasir El-Rufai had earlier on Friday preceding the rescheduled presidential election day, alleged that over 64 people were killed by unknown gunmen in Kajuru Local government area of Kaduna State. While addressing journalists after the closed door meeting with the President, El-Rufai claimed that the death toll has now risen to 130 persons and that 8 people have been arrested in connection with the killing. Uche Secondus however referred to El-Rufai’s claim as ‘artificial situation’ over which the governor is crying wolf.
He urged Kaduna electorates not to allow the governor’s cry to deter them from coming out to vote the PDP on Saturday 23rd of February and March 9, 2019. He also enjoined officers of the military and police to be neutral and professional in their conduct while providing a peaceful and secured environment for the conduct of a free, fair and credible elections as against the controversial directive earlier issued to them by President Mohammadu Buhari.