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Group insist Taraba Government, PDP instigated post election violence in Jalingo

Group insist Taraba Government, PDP instigated post election violence in Jalingo

A group Concern Taraba Citizens Forum  have reiterated  earlier stance that the post election violence that has trailed the re-election of Governor Darius Ishaku was caused by members and supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. 

Reacting to the statement by the Commissioner for Information, Simon Dogari, on Friday accusing  the main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) of killing innocent people in the state after Ishaku was returned as the Governor elect, the group said state government should take responsibilities for the violence.  

The group in a statement signed by its Coordinators Kefas Bulus and Muhammad Umar decried the allegations by the ruling party as irresponsible and desperate attempts to cover its track said the PDP introduced religion politics to the state in 2015 and had vigorously sustained it till recent election.

The group berated the state government for
‎ accusing  the APC of encouraging religious politics in the state, saying its not only disheartening, double standard but also ludicrous. 

"The PDP in Taraba state have being siding with religious organizations and some occasions religious organizations do come out openly to tell the world that, they are in support of its Governorship candidate, even the PDP Government is 98% one religion which is a deliberate annihilation of other faiths in the state."

The group said that the crises witnessed in Jalingo started on the eve of election by PDP thugs sharing money.

"On Friday, 9th 2019 misunderstanding erupted among some PDP thugs who collected election money meant to be shared among themselves which led to the brutal killing of one person at Jekadafari area of Jalingo.
 In a protest against the killing, friends and family of the deceased blindly attacked people, smashing cars and beating innocent passersby. Incidentally, it was time for Friday prayers and many worshipers became direct victims. It was the quick intervention of Muslim elders and security agents that prevented the situation from falling into religious crises which was obviously the goal of those who orchestrated the mayhem."
The group added that it was PDP members celebrating Governor Ishaku's victory at the poll that started attacking APC supporters

"When INEC declared Ishaku as Governor elect those who went on celebration were PDP supporters not APC but instead of doing the traditional rally as APC supporters did in the aftermath of presidential victory, they went on rampage; breaking shops, smashing doors and windows and attacking innocent peoples along Nasarawo and Mallam Joda areas of Jalingo.
 The worst of it all was their blasphemous attack on the faith of the Muslims insinuating APC as Muslims party and that a Muslim will never rule Taraba state because Taraba is for Christ and PDP is a Christian’s party. Taraba state belongs to everybody, Nigeria is a seculiar state therefore no religion should claim monopoly of any state in the country."

The group added that the governorship‎ election was never free, fair  and credible as the state government  have erroneously concluded. 

"Both international and domestic observers were unanimously agreed in their condemnation of the excessive rigging perpetuated by the PDP in form of vote buying, intimidating other party agents and forcing INEC officials into compromise by force or by cash.

 Also many PDP supporters were caught with hundreds of PVCs and thump printed ballot papers in favour of PDP and some were even paraded by the DSS were they directly admitted to being sponsored by high ranking State Government officials," the group said.‎

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