North­ern group wants PDP coali­tion probed

Daily Trust - - POLITICS - By Umar Mika’il

The North­ern Al­ter­na­tive Fo­rum (NAF) has urged se­cu­rity agen­cies in the coun­try to in­ves­ti­gate al­le­ga­tions that the lead­er­ship of the PDP fraud­u­lently in­cluded names of some po­lit­i­cal par­ties in the Coali­tion of Unity Po­lit­i­cal Par­ties (CUPP).

It said the in­clu­sion of some po­lit­i­cal par­ties in the pur­ported coali­tion had heated up the polity as ev­i­dent in the way most of the par­ties were dis­tanc­ing them­selves from CUPP and threat­en­ing court ac­tion.

The chair­man of the al­ter­na­tive fo­rum, Malam Gi­dado Ibrahim, called for a probe and pros­e­cu­tion of key par­ties in the op­po­si­tion coali­tion, in­clud­ing R-APC and nPDP over the alarm raised by the Peo­ple’s Demo­cratic Move­ment (PDM), Ac­cord Party (AP) and other par­ties that their names were mis­chie­vously in­cluded in the MoU to de­ceive Nige­ri­ans.

“We have en­gaged our le­gal team to write the po­lice, De­part­ment of State Se­cu­rity (DSS) and other se­cu­rity agen­cies to probe and pros­e­cute the PDP coali­tion for forg­ing the sig­na­tures of the po­lit­i­cal par­ties that cried foul over fraud­u­lent in­clu­sion of their names in the MoU,” he said.

Ibrahim said forgery was cor­rup­tion and won­dered why those who wanted to re­place the rul­ing APC “en­gaged in such em­bar­rass­ing des­per­a­tion.”

He said they wanted Pres­i­dent Buhari to win in 2019 be­cause “Nei­ther the rul­ing APC nor the op­po­si­tion PDP can boast of a po­lit­i­cal fig­ure with the willpower to govern Nige­ria with its cur­rent com­plex­i­ties.”

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