The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has called for immediate arrest of his All Progressives Congress counterpart, Bola Tinubu, and his running mate, Kashim Shettima, for his alleged setting up of a uniformed gang of thugs code named “Jagaban Army”.
In a statement by the Atiku/Okowa Presidential Campaign, Tinubu and Shettima were accused of setting up the alleged militia group for the sole purpose of committing electoral heist.
Atiku and his group, therefore, called for the immediate arrest and questioning of Tinubu and his running mate.
In the statement issued on Monday by the spokesperson for the campaign, Kola Ologbondiyan, the group described the formation of the uniformed squad by the APC code-named “Jagaban Army” as “a treasonable act and calls for the arrest and questioning of the APC Presidential Candidate, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu.“
He said, “The Jagaban Army, which is apparently set up to disrupt the 2023 general elections and raid the polling units for votes on behalf of APC Presidential candidate, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is a direct affront to the Nigeria Armed Forces and other security agencies as well as an assault on the sovereignty of our nation.
“It is reprehensible that Tinubu can create a rogue force just for the purposes of undermining the electoral and security arrangements of our nation.
“Our Campaign holds that this nefarious act of the APC Tinubu/Shettima Campaign lend credence to the position of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and well-meaning Nigerians that Tinubu as well as his rank and file has set out to make our nation ungovernable and therafter disrupt the 2023 Presidential election scheduled for February 25, 2023 using his army of ‘Jagabandits’.
“The notion of Jagaban Army is a ploy to bring hoodlums, thugs and gangsters together under the cover of the APC and turned them into official militia that will be used to unleash mayhem on the day of election.
“This reckless anti-democratic plot by the ‘Jagabandits’ must also be condemned by all lovers of democracy in Nigeria and across the world over.
“We call on the security agencies to save the lives of Nigerians and protect our electoral process by immediately going after this dangerous formation, arrest those behind this design and save our nation from electoral violence.
“Our campaign counsels Tinubu to note that his Presidential ambition is not a do or die affair and that he should not set the nation ablaze just because Nigerians have rejected him and his party, the APC for their mass failures.“