Minister of information Lai Mohammed has restated government’s determination to flush out criminal elements who are planning to disrupt peaceful conduct of the upcoming elections in Kwara state.
The minister said, “There is indeed every reason for thugs and other criminals in Kwara to worry, because they will not be allowed to cause violence or disrupt
the conduct of the forthcoming elections. Definitely, the clampdown on
criminals in Kwara State has unsettled those whose modus operandi is
to use thugs and hooligans to snatch ballot papers, disenfranchise
voters and generally terrorize the citizenry during elections. We have
no apologies for ridding the state of these delinquents”.
Mohammed was reacting to the allegation by the Conference of
Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP), Kwara State Chapter, that the
Federal Government plans to clamp down on the opposition parties in
the state ahead of the forthcoming general elections.
In a statement made available to Oriental News Nigeria by the office of the minister, Mohammed said, “This allegation by the shadowy CNPP is a panic reaction to my
consistent call on the security agencies to rid Kwara State of all
known thugs and other criminals ahead of the elections, in order to
provide a level playing field for all the parties.
According to him, A similar action by the security agencies went a long way in ensuring the success of the 17 November 2018 by-election in the
Irepodun/Ekiti/Oke-Ero/Isin Federal Constituency in Kwara, which was
won by our party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), and which was
widely adjudged to be free, fair and peaceful.
He assured all law-abiding Kwarans not to be afraid as the
security agencies have assured that they will provide the enabling
peaceful environment for voters to exercise their franchise.
“We therefore call on all the good people of Kwara State to disregard
the orchestrated hysteria by the so-called CNPP, which is nothing but
the face of the drowning dynasty that has held Kwara State by the
jugular for years. O To Ge!!!”.