By Israel Bulus, Kaduna-
Coalition United for Political Parties (CUPP) in Kaduna State has accused Governor Nasir el-Rufai of instructing the new Inspector General Of Police, Abubakar Adamu to transfer out all indigenous police officers and men serving in the Kaduna State Police Command to enable him rig the general elections.
This paper recalled that a week after governor el-Rufai’s visit to the new Police Chief, about 200 indigenous Police officers serving in Kaduna Command where transfer out of the State via a directive from the Inspector General of Police.
Chairman of the CUPP and Labour Party In Kaduna State, Hon. Umar Ibrahim made the disclosure at a press conference at the Kaduna State NUJ Secretariat on Tuesday.
According to CUPP, “Nasir Ahmed El-Rufai is working hard to obtain the approval of INEC and influence the Kaduna State Police Command to accept his state sponsored Kaduna Vigilante Services popularly referred to “Kato da Gora” to participate in the election as part of the election security team. This is unacceptable and we shall resist it.”
He said: “CUPP has also observed the governor’s desperation to use his state sponsored security operatives to manipulate and rigged the 2019 election.
“The governor in his desperation has recently inaugurated a new security operatives in the guise of “Kaduna State Local Government Safety and Emergency Management Volunteers”, who are going to be used as Polling Unit Guards.
“This is unacceptable and must be resisted. We therefore call on the attention of INEC, Security Agencies, Nigerians and indeed the International Observers to this unhealthy political development so that his action should not only be totally condemned but rejected out rightly.
“Furthermore, the governor’s action goes against INEC guidelines for the conduct of the 2019 General Elections.All political parties have the responsibility of ensuring peaceful conduct of elections as it has been the practice. CUPP and indeed, the political parties are confident in the ability and capacity of the Nigeria Police Force and the statutory Federal Security Agencies to provide adequate security and guaranty peaceful election at all polling units and voting centers in the state and the country at large.”
They noted that, “It is of paramount importance that the challenges posed by the Kaduna State Governor, highlighted above, should be viewed with seriousness by all stakeholders, particularly the media and international observers to ensure that all effort to undermine the process and rigged the election should be resisted and stopped.
“We call on all security agencies and independent National Electoral Commission INEC to ensure that the process and conduct of the 2019 general election is NOT only free and fair BUT credible and in line with international best practices,” the group said.