The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus has admonished President Muhammadu Buhari to stop using the military to harass and inconvenience geo-political areas he perceives as unfriendly.
Prince Secondus said that instead troops should be channeled to troubled areas of the country like the North East and North West zones than being deployed to harass political opponents.
The National Chairman’s remarks came as he addressed mammoth crowd of party supporters at the Taraba State Trade Fair Complex in Jalingo, Taraba state capital and Buachi state sports stadium, Bauchi state on Tuesday as the Presidential train arrived the two states.
According to a statement from the media office of the National Chairman, Prince Secondus said the party has noted the incessant movements in military and the deployment of troops to areas where they are not needed.
“We have noted the quick response and frequent movements of the military personnel but we want to advice them to defend the constitution and the country and not individuals.
“The Boko haram threat in the North East and the bandits in the North West where innocent souls are lost daily are yearning for troops not areas that do not need it.
The National Chairman also blasted the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammad for making unsubstantiated allegations, charging him to provide evidence to his lies or forever remain mute.
“We challenge the lying Minnister of Information, Lai Mohammad to provide evidence to numerous lies or keep quiet” He said that the Minister should take a queue from pdp who alleged that the APC was importing foreigners to rig election and we all the evidence.
Prince Secondus also has some words for the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for reacting promptly to the party’s allegation but said that the party is not convinced that it can resist the pressure of the APC to want to manipulate the election.
But he warned that a rigged election will lead to crisis and the PDP will not accept any result if the process is not credible.
The National Chairman told the people of the two states that the Presidential candidate Atiku represents competence, and remains the symbol of unity to bring back peace and harmony among Nigerians.
The presidential candidate continued his issue driven message assuring the people of the two states that his Presidency if given the mandate will alleviate poverty and provide jobs.
In Jalingo, the National Chairman paid glowing tribute to one of the elder-statesmen in the country from the state, former Minister of Defence, General Theophilus Danjuma describing him as a patriot who has made enormous contributions for the peace and growth of this country.
Top leaders of the two states including the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara, as well as the Governor’s of Gombe and Taraba states Ibrahim Dankwambo and Darius Ishaku respectively also addressed the rally
The Presidential campaign train still stays in the North East with a move to the Borno and Yobe states on Wednesday.