As killings of Nigerians by suspected Fulani herdsmen continue in some parts of the country, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Anietie Okon has expressed fear that the 2019 general elections might not hold in the affected areas.
Okon in an interaction with Daily Times in Uyo at the weekend also said unless the security situation in Benue and Plateau states and other crisis-ridden areas were contained, it would not be possible for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to conduct elections there.
The PDP stalwart opined that the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led federal government lacked the sincerity and political will to conduct credible polls.
“The APC has made it very clear that it is not a party that can conduct free and fair elections because the ruling party will not allow the reign of transparency in the elections processes.
“Also going by the bloodletting we are witnessing in the country today and the feeble and unimaginative response and the obvious partiality exhibited by those who are supposed to manage and contain do you think we can have an election in Plateau or Benue states?
“It is part of their grand design so that they would declare a state of emergency when the situation gets out of hand. But somehow if they manage to hold the election the people’s power will reign”, he said.
While asking President Muhammadu Buhari to resign over his inability to stop the incessant bloodshed in the country, Okon said it was obvious that the President lacked the capacity to secure the lives and property of Nigerians.
He said, “The primary duty and responsibility of any government is to provide security and protection for lives and property of the citizenry. So with his sick and completely indefensible security architecture and structure which he has put the country into it is not reasonable for him to continue giving all kinds of excuses.
“What is far more condemnable is his obvious recalcitrance in condemning out rightly the carnage that is being perpetrated by terrorists in the guise of Fulani herdsmen”.