2019: Coalition says politicians plan to distabilise the country
A coalition of 24 Civil Society Organisations (C24), says some desperate politicians are planning to distabilise the country`s peace, before, during and after the 2019 general elections.
Mr Dennis Aghanya, the Executive Secretary, Anti-Corruption and Research Based Data Initiative (ARDI) raised the alarm on behalf of the coalition at a news conference on Monday in Abuja.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the objective of C24 is to ensure good governance and electoral integrity in Nigeria.
According to him, the coalition is raising the alarm based on its investigations, and wants such politicians to retract their steps because Nigerians are watching.
He added that the plan of the politicians to disrupt the county’s peace would not be unconnected to the fact that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration had prosecuted many highly influential members of the political class for looting public treasury when they held public office.
Some of these politicians he noted had been forced to pay back huge sums of money stolen from the Federal Government through shady companies and business practices.
He said that such politicians were prepared to wreak anything, even the country itself to prevent the inevitable reckoning, saying that they had responded with curious political realignments to strengthen their conspiracy.
“These rattled members of the political class consider themselves in a race against time to ward off the evil day when they must account for their misdeeds against the people.
“May we by this briefing, put them on notice that all is known, and we will not hesitate to mention names should they fail to drop their ungodly activities.
“Let it be known that we will keep watch over our homeland to make sure that its peace and development is not frustrated by anti- democratic and corrupt elements,’’ Aghanya said.
He recalled that the Buhari administration had also undertook a cleansing of the judiciary earlier in the year, raiding residences and making arrest of some highly placed judicial officers in the country.
This, he alleged could be the reason some members of the judiciary had been compromised by the political class ahead of the 2019 general election.
He also alleged that some members of the Judiciary had become hub of a grand conspiracy to undermine the county`s electoral sovereignty via incendiary rulings, injunctions and judgments throughout the 2019 electoral cycle to provoke civil uprising among the populace.
Aghanya, however, said it was necessary for officers of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to leave above board and to uphold the credibility of the commission ahead of the elections.