Northern group seeks probe, prosecution of PDP, others for forgeries
ABUJA—The issues surrounding the coalition of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and 38 other parties to oust President Muhammadu Buhari from office, yesterday, took a different dimension as the Northern Alternative Forum, NAF, called on security agencies to investigate allegations of fraudulently inclusion of names of some political parties in the MoU. The group called for the 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. Chairman of NAF, Mallam Gidado Ibrahim, who made the call while speaking to journalists at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport, Abuja, on arrival from the United Kingdom yesterday, insisted the leadership of PDP and the Coalition of Unity Political Parties, CUPP, must be probed. He said: “Politics is a game of numbers and the PDP, knowing full well that there are gullible Nigerians that can be hoodwinked into believing that they are still the majority, deemed it fit that the only way it could garner support is to forge signatures of political parties to fake a mega coalition against President Buhari and APC.” “Forgery is a criminal activity and we members of the Northern Alternative Forum have resolved that this allegation of impersonation and forgery won’t go unpunished. So, we have resolved to draw the attention of security agencies to it. We have asked our lawyers to petition the DG SSS and the IGP, to investigate the PDP, the R-APC and other key actors in the charade called CUPP.” for a credible candidate other than him may turn out to be a wild goose chase. No politician from the Northern region has so far shown strong political will to change the economic and social fortunes of this country”. On why the group is insisting on the Buhari presidency in 2019, Ibrahim said, “Neither the ruling APC nor the opposition PDP can boast of a political figure with the will-power to govern Nigeria with its current complexities. The search in PDP is quite herculean for them and they are now resorting to fraud. “ We urge Nigerians to be wary of the antics of PDP and its co-political travellers so as not to allow them wield the country back to the era of monumental corruption like what we saw in the 16 years of PDP misrule”. On the spate of killings in the country, the NAF chairman decried the massacre in Plateau, Adamawa, Sokoto and Taraba States, even as he accused those saying the president is shielding killer herdsmen of attempting to destroy the goodwill President Buhari enjoys among the Nigerian populace in order to install another corrupt regime. “Those who think they can sabotage the Buhari administration through malicious allegations shall soon take their own tea with salt. It is very disappointing and disturbing to see people with bad records in leadership taking Nigerians for a ride. Sadly for them, their campaign of calumny against the president has failed woefully because Nigerians can read between the lines”, Ibrahim stated. On the federal government N10 billion fund due to be released for victims of Plateau killings who have been displaced from their ancestral homes in the State, Ibrahim urged the presidency to ensure that the administrative office of the president handles the disbursement of the funds to make sure that the real victims of the attacks are ones to benefit from the money. He drew the presidency’s attention to the fact that it is not only the Plateau residents that are victims, as motorists from neighbouring communities, including members of the APC who were returning from the party’s national convention in Abuja were also attacked, with many of them injured.