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Atiku Insists Implicated INEC, Security Officials In Controversial Taraba Guber Election Be Replaced

Atiku Abubakar
Atiku Abubakar

Former Nigeria Vice President and chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar has said that the officials of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security officials implicated in the conduct of last weekend’s Governorship election in Taraba State should be removed and replaced with new personnel in the re-run election in the state.
The former Vice President made the suggestion while welcoming INEC’s decision to cancel the gubernatorial election results in some local government areas of Taraba State and declare the outcome of last Saturday’s polls in the state inconclusive.
Atiku was quoted in a statement by his media office as expressing agreement with the widespread reports of irregularities in some local governments of the state.
“These irregularities included using armed personnel to intimidate voters,” Atiku said, adding that armed soldiers were attached to Senator Emmanuel Bwacha; Joel Ikenya, a current minister; as well as Senator Anthony Manzo, chief of staff to senator David Mark.
He said that these soldiers engaged in brazen acts that violated the electoral act including ballot-box snatching.
“Elections should not be militarized. Nigeria is a democracy, not a dictatorship. Citizens should be able to go out and vote without fear of being threatened with the nuzzle of a gun.”
He said that these election violations were noticeably perpetrated in Southern Taraba, specifically in Wukari, Takum, Kurmi and Donga local councils. And also in the North, particularly in Lau and Yoro where Manzo comes from. Atiku noted that thousands of troops were deployed to these areas and electoral officers were heavily compromised.
“These people should not be allowed to go back during the rerun election,” Atiku said. “No troops should be allowed nearby.”
Atiku also called on the Inspector General of Police to replace security personnel in Taraba with new teams from neighbouring Gombe, Bauchi and Adamawa, during the period of the rerun elections. [myad]


  1. Very well said Turakin Adamawa..

    Those INEC and SECURITY officials implicated in the conduct of last weekend’s governorship election not only in Taraba state but also those in Imo and Abia states should be replaced in the rerun with those that will be fair to all parties involved.

    Free, Fair and Credible elections is all Nigerians ask for.

    Change is here, Let’s all embrace it.

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