The Christian Association of Nigeria,CAN, Taraba State chapter on Monday said it had uncovered plans by some desperate politicians to cause mayhem in order to disrupt the rescheduled governorship and state assembly elections in the State.
At a Press Briefing in Jalingo, the state CAN Chairman, Rev. Dr. Innocent Solomon alleged that the Christian body was in possession of a document which detailed how the plans were to be executed.
According to him, some unscrupulous elements have planned to cause commotion in some designated locations in Jalingo, the State capital which will lead to a postponement of the election and a new date fixed to give undue advantage to one of the political parties.
“Should this first plan fail, they will then attack the Independent National Electoral Commission’s office in Jalingo on Monday March 11, by 5:00pm when collation of the governorship election result would be taking place.
“The plan is to manipulate the result in favour of a particular political party. If INEC officials fail to cooperate with them, they would destroy the office.
“Information available to us indicates that the evil plan will enjoy the cover of the newly posted Commissioner of Police in the state who will instruct his men to look the other way in the face of this ugly event.”
The Christian body while calling on security agencies in the State to carefully investigate the plans to disrupt the peace of the state ahead of the elections with a view to preventing the looming danger, also called on political actors to allow the people of Taraba to freely choose their leaders.
While condemning the violent celebration that greeted the outcome of the Presidential election in the state, CAN called on law abiding citizens of the state to come out in their numbers and vote leaders of their choice on Saturday.
“We urge you to remain calm and peaceful, but you must be vigilant and report any suspicious elements to law enforcement agencies.
“Taraba belongs to all of us and we must do everything possible to bequeath to our children the Taraba of our dreams.”
But in a reaction, Taraba State Police Command said the allegations that the newly posted Commissioner of Police, Mr. Alkasin Sanusi was at the heart of the plan to cause breach of peace in the state was uncalled for.
Taraba State Police Public Relations Officer, ASP David Missal said the police are professionals who are dedicated in ensuring peace and orderliness in the society and cannot side any political party to cause crisis.
Missal noted that the police in the state performed credibly well during the Presidential election and arrangements were on to ensure a free, fair and peaceful governorship election in the state on Saturday.
He called on the public to give them information regarding any planned breach of peace in the state to enable them deal with any security threat before, during and after the elections.